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Spiritual concepts

Memory and the Greek gods

The Greeks developed an extremely comprehensive system to explain the Functions of Memory.  In the chart below we can also see the individual personifications for some of the functions of Memory by the Greeks.

Thus the gods and goddesses we see in the chart below manage memory and knowledge. 

Activity/function

Greek God

Managing Memory

Mnemosyne

Reorganising  memory

Eunoe from Dante

Forgetting memories

Lethe

Deriving Knowledge 

Metion, Palamaon, Eupalamos

 

 

 

 

 

 The Theogony of Hesiod - translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White [1914]

But afterwards she [Gaia] lay with Uranus and bare deep-swirling Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoebe and lovely Tethys. After them was born Cronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty sire.

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