The great Chronicle of Ceylon.
The first part of the work - i.e., to the time of King
Mahāsena - is attributed to Mahānāma Thera
The continuation of the Chronicle is called the Cūlavamsa. The first portion
of the Cūlavamsa - i.e., from Mahāsena to the reign of Parakkamabāhu II. -
is traditionally ascribed to a thera named Dhammarakkhita (Cv. Trs.ii.155, n.3).
The next section - i.e., to the time of Kittisiri Rājasīha - was
written by Tibbatuvāve Thera, Mahānāyaka of Pupphārāma, at the invitation of the
king, who obtained for him copies of the Chronicle from Siam (Cv.xcix.78f;
Cv.Trs.ii.263, n.1). From there it was continued till the time of the British
occupation (1815 A.C.) by Hikkaduve Sumangala Thera (P.L.C.310).
There is a Commentary on the Mahāvamsa called the Vamsatthappakāsinī (q.v.).