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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



written records of the most important events by year, an early form of historical narrative source. Yearly records existed in antiquity among many peoples, but the term “annals” is of ancient Roman derivation. Such records originally developed in ancient Rome as official yearly records of the most important events (they were managed by a priestly pontifical college); they were set down on boards covered with gypsum and exhibited for all to become familiar with. Apparently, these most ancient annals perished when Rome burned in 387 B.C. and were subsequently reconstructed by memory, reworked, and continued. About 130 B.C. the annals were collected in 80 books (the collection Great Annals). Between 123 and 114 B.C. the keeping of the annals ceased; however, they served as a source for the works of the annalists. (These works, as well as some other works of ancient authors such as Tacitus, are called annals.)

The first medieval annals appeared in the sixth century. As a rule, they were composed in monasteries (in the Frankish state, also at the royal court; the most important Frankish annals were the Annals of the Frankish Kingdom). The annals generally consisted of short yearly records of events, but sometimes the name is also applied to more detailed historical works that actually approach chronicles—for example, the annals of Lambert Von Hersfeld of the 11th century and certain urban annals like the Great Milanese Annals of the 12th century. In Rus’ the letopisi corresponded to annals and chronicles.


Martynov, G. “O nachale rimskoi letopisi.” Uch. zap. MGU, otdel istoriko-filologicheskii, 1904, no. 32.
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Rather, its origins lie in one of the annalistic histories written under the Flavians, when, with the benefit of hindsight, the actions of a junior senator, who was to rise to the highest position, assumed greater significance.
Harrison describes in chapter 5 the physical makeup of "The Original Codex," with sections on parchment, ruling and layout, decoration, and scribal practice; he also notes that the appearance of Hugh of Saint-Victor's Chronicle with an annalistic text is paralleled elsewhere and that the copying of Hugh's encyclopedic text might well have suggested the creation of the annalistic one at Melrose.
Narrative texts (annalistic ones and AElfric's works) show a clearer preference for split coordination than texts of a descriptive or argumentative nature such as the Boethius or the Cura Pastoralis.
(31) Its style is something of a modified annalistic compilation: arranged chronologically, it is primarily a catalogue of facts (trustworthy or not) concerned with the actions of great men.
Perhaps the exposure to the paratactic / annalistic form at the Roth Horowitz exhibition and to the chronicle, bordering on a fuller historical narrative at the New-York Historical Society brought me closer to bearing witness; perhaps one approach informed the other.
His narrative has proceeded, like the Chronicle, year by year in the mode of annalistic writing.
If, on the other hand, we now look back from a perspective that seeks inspiration from a rereading and rewriting of traditional narrative forms and styles, then clearly the annalistic structure and picaresque qualities of al-Hakim's Yawmiyyat na'ib fi al-aryaf (Diaries of a Public Prosecutor in the Provinces, 1937) come to assume a more central role (quite apart from the fact that, in my view, it is a much better novel).
I have a catalogue in front of me, published by Grant Books, of Droitwich, which acquaints us with 284 golf books and I gave up counting the number of them that are annalistic studies or are based on the most cordial reminiscence.
16 canent), he is perhaps also glancing at Livy's annalistic history (cf.
The more annalistic parts of the manuscript appear to have been added later.
The Roman historical figure rubs shoulders with Egyptian Mother Goddess in the annalistic tradition; the Graeco-Roman female Trinity ranged around mother Necessity is a precursor of Wagner's Norns; Pythagorean astrological and number symbolism, heroic historiography and figures of classical myth are subsumed into the overarching system of Neoplatonic cosmography.
If the annalistic model made it possible to reconstitute the temporal sequence, it was necessary to interweave it with a periegetic principle, visiting the principal theaters of operation one after another.