"Time." The Greek personification of time, one of the first born. He is a child of Hydrus and Gaea,1 but is also said to have been born ex nihilio at creation.2

Chronos should to be confused with Cronus, a Titan.

Words that derive from his name include chronology, chronometer, chronic, and chronicle.


Chronus was portrayed as an old man, such as on the relief by Archelaus from Priene, representing the apotheosis of Homer (second century BCE).



  1. Orphic Fragments 54, 57.
  2. Nonnus. Dionysiaca, 7.7, 12.34.


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