Iwao K. A Newly Identified Fragment of the Tibetan Royal Annals in St. Petersburg // New Studies of the Old Tibetan Documents: Philology, History and Religion: Old Tibetan Documents Online Monograph Series vol. 3 / Ed. by Imaeda Yoshiro, Matthew T. Kapstein and Takeuchi Tsuguhito. Tokyo: Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, 2011. P. 245―255.
There is no doubt that the Tibetan Royal Annals is, together with the Old
Tibetan Chronicle, one of the most important Dunhuang Tibetan documents for
understanding the history of the Old Tibetan Empire. Since J. Bacot, F.W. Thomas
and Ch. Toussaint first published transliterations and annotated translations of
Royal Annals (Bacot et al. 1940-46), numerous studies concerning the Annals
have been published. While examining the Old Tibetan texts kept at the Academy
of Russian Sciences in St. Petersburg in 2009, I realised that one of the fragments
contains passages which are similar to those in the Annals. The fragment may
possibly represent a previously unknown version of the Annals. The aim of this
paper is to introduce this newly found fragment and discuss its relation with the
two known versions of the Royal Annals (hereafter referred to as Annals I and
On September 25–26, 2017, the International conference Armenia and the Middle East: Written Heritage from Manuscripts to the Internet dedicated to the memory of Karen N. Yuzbashyan (1927–2009) will be held in St. Petersburg.