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Ancient Greek Gods & Goddesses for Kids - Mnemosyne
The myths and legends surrounding Mnemosyne, the Titan goddess of memory and the inventor of words

Mnemosyne for kids
Discover the myths surrounding Mnemosyne, the Titan goddess of memory and the inventor of words. The Titans were members of a mythological race of giants who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus and the Olympian gods during the battle of the gods called the Titanomachy. Mnemosyne was the daughter of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Heaven) from the very first dynasty of ancient Greek gods. Additional facts and information about the mythology of individual Greek gods and goddesses can be accessed via the following links:

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Who was Mnemosyne?
Mnemosyne was the Titan goddess of memory and the inventor of words and one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The female Titans were called the Titanides. The Titans were the descendents of the first gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The first 12 Titans, that included Mnemosyne were a race of powerful, giant gods from the union of the primordial deities Gaia and Uranus. Mnemosyne was a daughter of Gaia and Uranus and the mother of the nine Muses by Zeus. The children of the Titans became known as the famous Olympian gods. The legend and myth about Mnemosyne, the Titan goddess of memory and the inventor of words has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World of Greece and the study of the Greek classics.

Picture of Mnemosyne

Picture of Mnemosyne

Facts about Mnemosyne
Mnemosyne features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but were of gigantic proportions and possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Mnemosyne:

Mnemosyne Profile & Fact File
Name: Mnemosyne
Role & Function: The function of Mnemosyne is described as being the goddess of memory and the inventor of words
Status: A principle goddess in the first dynasty of Titans
Gender: Female
Name of Consort: Zeus
Name of Father: Uranus
Name of Mother: Gaia
Names of Brothers (Titans): Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus
Names of Sisters (Titanides): Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis
Names of Children: The Nine Muses

The Children of Mnemosyne and Zeus
The children of Mnemosyne and Zeus were collectively known as the Muses. The Muses were nine young, beautiful maidens who became the representatives of poetry, the arts, the sciences and sources of inspiration. The names of the nine Muses were Clio, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania and Melpomene.

The Nine Muses

Picture of the Nine Muses

Facts about Mnemosyne in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Mnemosyne, the Titan goddess of memory and the inventor of words. The facts about her provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about Mnemosyne in Greek Mythology, stories and legends.

Mythical Facts about Mnemosyne
Fact 1: Mnemosyne took the side of the Olympians in the War of the Titans

Fact 2: The Titans were associated with the various planets

Fact 3: Zeus and Mnemosyne slept together for nine consecutive nights and thus created the nine Muses

Fact 4: She was the guardian of memory before the advent of writing and literacy

Fact 5: She is also the Goddess of teachers

Fact 6: Her name means "remembrance" in Greek

The Imprisonment of Mnemosyne and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth Uranus, the father of Mnemosyne and the other Titans, was terrified of the massive size and strength of his gigantic children and to prevent them rebelling against him, Uranus seized them immediately after their birth and hurled them down into a dark abyss called Tartarus, where he kept his Titan children in chains.

The giant race of Titans

The race of giant Titans, imprisoned by their father Uranus

Their mother, Gaia, helped them to escape and, led by Cronus, they overthrew their father and took power as the Titan gods. Cronus was no better than his father which led to the War of the Titans.

The Titanomachy in Greek Mythology
The Battle of the Titans, called the Titanomachy, was a 10 year war and power struggle that was fought between the Titans and the gods and goddesses who would become known as the Olympians. In ancient Greek mythology Mount Othrys was the base of the Titans during the Battle of the Titans and Mount Olympus was the base of the Olympian gods and goddesses led by Zeus. Mnemosyne, Themis, Oceanus, and Hyperion choose to join the Olympians.

The Family of Mnemosyne - The Titans Family Tree and Genealogy

Titans Family Tree and Genealogy

Mnemosyne - The Titan Gods Family Tree

The family members and genealogy of Mnemosyne can be established via the Titan gods family tree, providing an instant overview of the relationships between the major Titan gods and goddesses and their children. The Titans Family Tree is a 'who's who' of the family connections, genealogy and relationships between the main characters who feature in the mythology of the Titans.

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