Understanding a Timeline

Historians use timelines to create an ordered view of history. By sequencing events into chronological order on a timeline, it becomes easier to see causes and effects of events. Timelines can be linear or comparative. Linear Timeline Linear timelines detail events that happened within a given time frame. This time frame could be a person’s … Read more

What is a Chronology?

The word ‘chronology’ is derived from two Greek words – chronos, meaning time and logos meaning to work out or decipher. This means that ‘chronology’ literally means to work out time. In order to work out time we have to give it a logical order. Putting time in logical order can be as simple as … Read more

Centuries – How to Name Them

A century is a unit of time equal to 100 years. Centuries are named using ordinal numbers, so we might refer to the 3rd century or the sixteenth century. Using this system it would be logical to assume that the first century refers to the earliest recorded time, but this is not the case.  Traditionally, … Read more

Units of Time

Intervals of time are generally measured in standardised units, but some historical terms cover variable units of time. A historian needs to be familiar with units of time to ensure the correct terminology is used when describing change over time.  Most people are familiar with common units of time such as week, year or century. … Read more