Mnemosyne, Greek goddess of memory, was considered one of the most powerful goddesses of her time. After all, it is memory, some believe, that is a gift that distinguishes us from the other creatures in the animal world. It is the gift that allows us to reason, to predict and anticipate outcomes, and is the very foundation for civilization. When she is remembered it is usually only in the context of her being the mother of the Muses. Her parents were the rulers Cronus and the goddess Gaia.