In Hesiod's Theogony, kings and poets receive their powers of authoritative speech from their possession of Mnemosyne and their special relationship with the Muses.
Zeus, in a form of a mortal shepherd, and Mnemosyne slept together for nine consecutive nights, thus conceiving the nine Muses. Mnemosyne also presided over a pool in Hades, counterpart to the river Lethe, according to a series of 4th-century BC Greek funerary inscriptions in dactylic hexameter. Dead souls drank from Lethe so they would not remember their past lives when reincarnated. In Orphism, the initiated were taught to instead drink from the Mnemosyne, the river of memory, which would stop the transmigration of the soul.
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After Titans were defeated they were banished to Tartarus. She did not aid the Titans but Zeus imprisoned her too. Typhon mentions her and several other Titans who were banished to Tartarus. When Kratos freed the Titans, she did not aid them in the second Titanomachy.
Powers & Abilities
- Immortality: As a Titaness and Goddess, she is immortal. Only a sufficiently powerful weapon or an extremely powerful being can kill her.
- Hyperthymesia: She can make a person forget who he is and make him remember. She has the ability to control memories of every beings.
- Eidetic memory: She can make a person forget who he is and make him remember. She can recall memories of every being.