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Iris- The goddess of Rainbows

Information on the Greek Goddess Iris
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Susan Stratton

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of Iris- The goddess of Rainbows

Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the Olympian gods.
She was often represented as the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera.
Iris appears in ancient Greek vase painting as a beautiful young woman with golden wings, a herald's rod and sometimes a water-pitcher in her hand.
She was usually depicted standing beside Zeus or Hera, sometimes serving nectar from her jug. Information Family Tree Her father is Thaumas "the wondrous" was a marine-god
Her mother is Elektra "the amber" a cloud-nymph
The cruel and fearsome Harpies were her sisters.
In some myths she is said to be the mother of the God Eros. The Goddess Iris Interesting Facts She is often depicted as a winged Goddess, holding a pitcher full of nectar.
The Rainbow is her main symbol.
The flower the Iris was named after her.
Her strengths are that she is faithful, loyal and a shape shifter.
Her weakens are that she was defined by her role in life and she had no distant personality. She travels with the speed of light from one end of the world to the other and down into the depths of the sea and Underworld.
Iris links the gods to humanity.
She waters the clouds with her pitcher.
She also delivers to the gods the sacred water of the River Styx Duties of the Goddess The End
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