Greek Conceptions of Time

The ancient Greeks had a much better understanding of time than we do today. They understood that time was too complex to describe in a single word, so they had two words for time: Chronos and Kairos.

Chronos marks the sequential passage of time, in single moments – 1, 2, 3 and so on. Chronos, in ancient Greek mythology, was a god who, with his consort, Ananke, gave birth to the universe of earth, sea and sky.

Kairos, on the other hand, comes from the ancient Greek word for the “Supreme Moment,” that point at which Chronos time seems to stop and where everything exists at once.

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