Chronology

Chronology (from the Latin chronologia, itself derived from the Greek χρόνος, chrónos, “time,” and λόγος, lógos, “discourse”), in its most general sense, is a system for organizing and classifying events according to their order in time, according to a regular subdivision of time. Homo sapiens has been using chronologies for millennia, originally not for historiographical purposes, but for legal and administrative purposes: the preservation of legal acts and administrative documents, with their effects on the present, has always involved an attempt to place them in chronological order.

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