삼국유사=三國遺事=Samgungnyusa; 일연=一然=Iryeon; 무극=無極=Mugeuk; 초간=初刊=the first publication; 후주=後註=an annotation in rear; 부기=附記=an additional remark
It has been 100-odd years since Samgungnyusa(三國遺事) became an object of study or was actively used as a fundamental historical material to study an ancient Korean history in the early of the 20th century. The academic fruits of Samgungnyusa made in various fields of study, like history, folklore, religion, literature, linguistics, archeology, art and so forth, are so plentiful that they can be issued as the publication lists several times. The present writer has synthetically inspected the outcomes and problems of the study in past 100-odd years through “the theory of Samgungnyusa (三國遺事論)” in 2003. Because today’s conference is held in memory of the 800th anniversary of Iryeon’s birth, this writer would like to look into its current research status focused on the compilation and publication of Samgungnyusa. As these are the most essential and basic tasks on the study of Samgungnyusa, this problem needs to be arranged in the aspects of history of the study. It’s very important that a record about the author which was marked “Iryeon-chan(一然撰, written by Iryeon)” in Samgungnyusa Vol. 5. It’s because it seems that Iryeon wrote this phrase himself after he completed this book in which year since he had been 79 years. It’s sure that Iryeon is the author of the whole Samgungnyusa Vol. 5, therefore, his disciple Mugeuk(無極) added only Anseol(按說) at the end of Jeonhoo-sojang-sari-jo(前後所將舍利條)and Gwandong-poongak- varyeonsoo-seokgi(關東楓岳鉢淵藪石記) into the next of Jinpyo-jeongan-jo(眞表傳簡條). And Gyeongjusa-soohojang-haengan-seo(慶州司首戶長行案序) made during the 10th year of Gongminwang(1361) quoted the content of Silla-sijo-hyeokgeosewang-jo(新羅始祖赫居世王條) from Samgungnyusa. As a block book of Samgungnyusa made in Goryeo period hasn't found until now, it’s not clear Samgungnyusa distributed in the late Goryeo period is whether printed or manuscript. But it’s confirmed the book was distributed in the late Goryeo period. None the less, if we concluded a block book made in the early Joseon period as the first publication because we can’t found vestiges of the block book in Goryeo from that of Joseon, it will be very hasty action. There aren’t any article(條目), annotation in rear(後註), panegyric(讚) that posterity added except two Mugeuk-gi(無極記, written by Mugeuk) in Samgung nyusa.