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Iris: The Greek Goddess of the Rainbow

All about Iris the Greek Goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Gods.

Kaitlyn Carlon

on 1 April 2014

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Transcript of Iris: The Greek Goddess of the Rainbow

Iris is the Goddess of the rainbow. She is also the messenger of the Gods, specifically Hera.

Special Powers
Iris is the namesake of the modern flower the "Iris".
One of the most common symbols of Iris is the rainbow.
She is shown in Greek artwork wearing golden wings, also holding a Herald's rod, and a water pitcher.
Iris has almost no mythology or temples of her own.
She is only ever mentioned briefly in myths.
Myths Involved In
One myth she was involved in was about her saving he siblings from death...
"Iris once saved her siblings from death. The Harpies were loathsome winged female creatures who daily would swoop down and eat and befoul the food of the blind seer Phineus. When the Argonauts, Calais and Zetes, winged sons of the North Wind, Boreas, caught up with the Harpies and were about to kill them, Iris appeared and begged the sons of Boreas to spare the lives of the Harpies. She promised that if they let them live, the Harpies would never again bother Phineus."
Special Jobs
Iris has many special jobs.
One important task was for her to deliver the water of the Styx. "When quarrel arises among the gods, and when anyone among the Olympians lies, then Zeus sends Iris to the river Styx in the Underworld to bring in a golden jug the for oath of the gods." If any of the Gods or Goddesses drinks the water and continues to lie, they will " lie breathless for a year, never taste Ambrosia and Nectar and lies down spiritless and voiceless. After spending thus one year in sickness he or she is cut off for nine years from the gods' councils and feasts and cannot return until the tenth year."
Iris's parents were the Titan Thaumas and her mother was the oceanid Electra.
Greek Myths

I believe that the Greeks and people from other nations came up with these myths to entertain themselves, and to explain natural occurrences that frightened them. I believe that they still exist today because we still find them entertaining, and enjoy learning about the beliefs of our past ancestors.
Iris: Greek Goddess of the Rainbow
I believe that the moral of this myth is to be kind to others even though they may not be kind to you or others. Iris's sisters were unkind to Phineus, and when Argonauts, Calais and Zetes were about to kill them, Iris stepped in to protect them.
Iris has many special powers. Some of these powers are, the ability to freely travel to the Underworld and back, and the ability to shape-shift. For example, when she was to deliver a message to a mortal she would take the form of someone known to the mortal.
Iris also created rainbows. The Greeks believed that the rainbows were the Goddess's dress, which was like a bridge to the sky.
Iris's siblings are the Harpies. (Winged Female Creatures).
Her husband is Zephyrus, "The West Wind".
Iris, in some myths, has one child, Eros, the Greek God of love.
Though she did not play a major role, Iris was involved in many myths.
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