Ch'un-ch'iu: A term for the Spring and Autumn Period, 772-479 BC. It also refers to the Spring and Autumn [Annals]" the first Chinese chronological history said to be the traditional history of Lu as revised by Confucius. It is one of the Five Classics of Confucianism. The name which is actually an abbreviation of "Spring Summer Autumn Winter derives from the custom of dating events by season as well as by year. The work is a complete account of significant events that occurred during the reign of 12 rulers of Lu, the native state of Confucius. The account begins in 722 BC and ends shortly before Confucius' death (479 BC). It is interpreted by Confucian scholars in their commentaries.