Word of the Week: Chronology

Chronology is a noun and is defined as the science that deals with measuring time by regular divisions and that assigns to events their proper dates

Chronology is one of the many words in the English language that has its roots in Greek mythology. In this case, the word chronology derives from Chronos, the Greek god of time, who maintains the course of seasons, periods, years, hours, minutes, and so on. However, like many Greek myths the stories have been contorted along the way.  For example, the father of Zeus, Cronos, has been confused with Chronos due to their similar names. This confusion may have influenced many to theorize that the story of Cronos eating his children symbolizes the destruction of time and how time eats up all things. 

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Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, s.v. “chronology.”

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