Well, I saw a youtube comment on the latest Crash Course Mythology video-

Chronus has nothing to do with time. That's Kronos, a primordial deity separate from the titans and infinitely more important.
Chronus took over the position of Sky God from his father Ouranos, and was later usurped by his own son Zeus who took the same position.
I'm sick and tired of people misrepresenting Chronus and Kronos. This is Renaissance era confusion and it needs to stop.

I also see

No they didn't actually. Kronos (the titan) was spelled Κρόνος whereas Chronos was spelled like Χρόνος, which makes perfect sense since 'chrono-' is used as a root to convey time.

As used in chronological, chronicle, and chronic pain.

So, now I'm confused. Is Chronos Kronos or not? Preferably either using a primary source that says Chronos is the lord of time, or something.

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    See theoi.com/Titan/TitanKronos.html and theoi.com/Protogenos/Khronos.html
    – b_jonas
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 21:32
  • See my note to C.M.'s answer for the lexicon entries on the two words, which are almost certainly related. Serious Greek scholars I studied under held this view, and claiming the words (which are identical except for the initial consonant) to be unrelated reveals a lack of understanding of Ancient Greek, imho.
    – DukeZhou
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 15:47
  • See Cronus: Name and comparative mythology.
    – Lucian
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 7:44
  • Related now: mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/8038/…
    – cmw
    Commented May 18, 2023 at 20:12
  • One notes that in Greek and Roman religion, merging two gods was common, and separating them quite possible. Therefore there could easily be places and times that treated them as two gods, and others, as one.
    – Mary
    Commented Apr 29 at 0:27

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First of all, never get your mythology from Youtube comments.

Second, the second comment is the accurate one. Χ in Greek is transliterated as ch, and that's where we get our time words from (as they mention).

I believe the first comment is just confused, where the user once read what the second person is saying, but got it exactly backwards. In both cases they're right in saying that originally Chronus and Cronus (or Khronos and Kronos, Greek Χρόνος and Κρόνος, "Time" and "Father of Zeus") weren't the same. The first person got it backwards, and the second one got it right.

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    Just to support what C.M. explains: Kronos/Cronus is used for the personification of time as son of Gaia and Ouranos, where xronos/chronos is the abstract concept.
    – DukeZhou
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 15:49

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