Iris, who was an expert at trouble-making, put off now her heavenly mien and raiment, went quickly amongst them and joined the group of Trojan matrons, transformed into the likeness of Beroe : ‘[And persuaded the Roman maidens set fire to the ships] . Then with fluent speech she mimicked the voice of Enyalios [Ares] : ‘My son, scion of invincible Ares [and persuades Lykourgos to attack Dionysos] . 10 (trans. 10 (trans. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Homer, Iliad 2. 340 ff : 270 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) .’ "Yet even with Heaven against them [the Boreades], the long chase would certainly have ended with their tearing the Harpyai (Harpies) to pieces when they overtook them at the Ekhinades (Echidnades), but for Iris of the swift feet, who when she saw them leapt down from Olympos through the sky and checked them with these words : ‘Sons of Boreas, you may not touch the Harpyai with your swords: they are the hounds of almighty Zeus. 1 Myth 2 Parents 3 Siblings 4 Gallery She was born to a Titan sea god, Thaumos and his wife, Elektra an Oceanid, she is twin sister to Arke, both of whom … de Plac. 115 ff : . Energy Blasts:She is able to unleash blasts of multicolored energy from her rainbows, causing great damage in structures like buildings.​​​​​​ 1.1.3. 185 ff : . . . Hark! . His order is that . 787, xviii. But change your shape, take the ugly form of Hypnos' mother the blackgirdled goddess Nyx (Night); take a false name and become darkness . "[Hera addresses Iris :] ‘Iris, my voice's trustiest messenger, hie quickly to the drowsy hall of Somnus (Sleep) [Hypnos], and bid him send a dream of Ceyx drowned to break the tidings to [his wife] Alcyone.’ In other accounts, she fell in love with Zephyros, the god of the West Wind. In later poets she appears on the whole in the same capacity as in the Iliad, but she occurs gradually more and more exclusively in the service of Hera, both in the later Greek and Latin poets. . should the universe obey us and the gods alone continue their insolence and not understand that they must submit to the law of the strongest in their due turn? . Tell him . Goddess of the Rainbow Iris flies on the wind and moves like a blast of bright air. How can your hearts so storm within you? 786 ff (trans. . Day-Lewis) (Roman epic C1st B.C.) Iris Facts and Figures. . "And the rain’s comrade, the bow of Iris, wove her many colours into a rounded track, and shone bent under the light-shafts of Phaethon [Helios the Sun] opposite, mingling pale with dark, and light with rosy.". . .’ to C1st A.D.) : Iris is shown with wings, a ( kerykeion ) herald's staff, and a pitcher of water. Yes, you [Athene], bold brazen wench, are audacious indeed, if truly you dare lift up your gigantic spear in the face of you father. In this man's likeness Iris the swift-running spoke to them : ‘Old sir, dear to you forever are words beyond number as once, when there was peace; but now stintless war has arisen. . . . IRIS- was the Greek goddess of rainbows, but also served as messenger. You shall be called beloved wife of the man who wins you.’ She was often described as the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera. "First he [Zeus] sent golden-winged Iris to call rich-haired Demeter, lovely in form [to return to the gods on Olympos]. . But Akhilleus' prayer is that Boreas and blustering Zephyros may come to him, and he promises them splendid offerings, so that you may set ablaze the funeral pyre, whereon lies Patroklos (Patroclus), with all Akhaians (Achaeans) mourning about him.’ Pisthetairos : Woe to you! Her Roman equivalent is Discordia, which means "discord". Zeus whose purposes are infinite calls you.’ . [and so] the bright goddess leaves the pole and wings her way down her long arc to earth . Rheia unsmiling beckoned, and the Korybantes (Corybantes) served her beside the bowl of the divine table. ", Homer, Iliad 3. Iris the swift of foot came close beside and spoke to him: ‘Hektor, o son of Priamos and equal of Zeus in counsel, Zeus my father has sent me down to tell you this message. . Pisthetairos : Won't you get out of here quickly? . Iris, glory of the sky, cloud-borne. 702 ff : Pisthetairo s: Paralos or Salaminia? Promise him Pasithea for his bride, and let him do my need from desire of her beauty. 10 (trans. Iris : I am immortal. . [1.3] THAUMAS & OZOMENE (Hyginus Fabulae 14), [1.1] POTHOS (by Zephryos) (Alcaeus Frag 257; Eustathius on Homer 555, Nonnus Dionysiaca 47.340). to C1st A.D.) : The son of Kronos (Cronus) will not let you stand by the Argives. He denied her not [and released his storm winds]. . Rackham) (Roman rhetorician C1st B.C.) Or will you change a little? 122, xv. He spoke, and swift wind-footed Iris did not disobey him but went along the hills of Ida to sacred Ilion. In myth she appears only as an errand-running messenger and was usually described as a virgin goddess. Greek Lyric III) (Greek lyric C7th to 6th B.C.) Leader of the Chorus [of Birds] : Scan all sides with your glance. . Since Zeus has uttered this threat and will make it a thing accomplished: [she repeats message verbatim] . Iris had no distinctive mythology of her own. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) . Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Campbell, Vol. 197. xxiv. 189 ff (trans. The space of the continents did bold Ares watch . "Father Zeus sent Iris to the divine halls of Rheia, to inform wakethefray Dionysos, that he must drive out of Asia with his avenging thyrsus the proud race of Indians untaught of justice: he was to sweep from the sea the horned son of a river, Deriades the king, and teach all nations the sacred dances of the vigil and the purple fruit of vintage. 196 ff : "She [Juno-Hera] determines to make the Aonians [Thebans during the War of the Seven], sunk in the timeless bliss of slumber, a prey to death, and bids her own Iris gird herself with her wonted circles, and commits to her all her task. "Iris [sent by Juno-Hera] is bidden cherish the dead bodies [of the Argives who died at Thebes forbidden burial by Kreon (Creon)] of the princes, and laves their decaying limbs with mysterious dews and ambrosial juices, that they may resist the longer and await the pure, nor perish before the flames have seized them. to C1st A.D.) : Homeric Hymn 2 to Demeter 315 ff (trans. "He [Jupiter-Zeus] moved by the goddesses' [Diana-Artemis and Latona-Leto's] tears and Phoebus' [Apollon's] high renown sends down swift Iris on her rosy cloud [to give Herakles permission to release Prometheus from his bonds]. They had a son named Pothos, who personified Desire. 144, xxiv. AELLOPUS (Aellopous), a surname of Iris, the messenger of the gods, by which she is described as swift-footed like a storm-wind. As for you, his messenger, if you annoy me, I shall begin by getting between your thighs, and even though you are Iris, you will be surprised at the erection the old man can produce; it's three times as good as the ram on a ship's prow! p. 27, xvii. She called Iris then, and coaxed her with friendly words : ‘Iris, goldenwing bride of plantnourishing Zephyros, happy mother of Eros (Love) [i.e. Aen. She would use her pitcher to scoop up water from the ocean and carry it into the clouds. Alcaeus, Fragment 327 (from Plutarch, Dialogue on Love) (trans. And her name also means messenger. (She pauses in her flight.) 138 ff (trans. "For, while they [Aeneas and his men in Italy] perform the rites at the tomb with various contests, Iris has been despatched from heaven by Hera, on the wings of a favouring wind, to the Trojan fleet : the goddess has certain designs; unappeased as yet is her old resentment. Fairbanks) (Greek rhetorician C3rd A.D.) : Ovid, Metamorphoses 1. and at a point between Samos and Imbros of the high cliffs plunged in the dark water, and the sea crashed moaning about her. The dwarf planet Eris is named after the goddess. Hesiod, Theogony 265 ff (trans. . . That means she spends most of her days winging down her multicolored bridge on her golden wings, making sure the mortal world gets an earful of what Olympus has to say. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. Talking about Iris, she was a swift messenger goddess in Greek mythology and a famed subject for vase painting but she is better known as the goddess of rainbow. : Swift foot Iris spoke to him thus and went away from him. But they won't pass this way. . Iris is a species of flowering plants with rainbow colored flowers, named after her. "Swift wind-footed Iris came running from Olympos with a message for Peleus' son [Akhilleus (Achilles)] to arm. Noisless her step she stayed, in silence voiceless pressed her lips, a slave before the forest queen. To Bakkhos (Bacchus) in corselet of bronze she spoke deceitful words : ‘Brother, son of Zeus Allwise, put war aside, and celebrate your rites with Lykourgos, a willing host . ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 13. "Nothing of this escaped Hera . Day-Lewis) (Roman epic C1st B.C.) Theaet. I did some reading up and feel like I'd like to make a connection with her. Iris (in tragic style) : Oh! . Iris was a swift messenger goddess in Greek mythology and a popular subject for vase painting, but better known as the goddess of the rainbow because Hermes (Mercury) is known as the messenger god. 1. Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) Why, great gods, I don't know. Some accounts depict her as one of the goddess Hera’s assistants. (The Machine takes Iris away.)". "Now to the Trojans came as messenger wind-footed Iris, in her speed, with the dark message from Zeus of the aigis. : Hesiod, Catalogues of Women Fragment 42 (from Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius 2.297) (trans. She is a beautiful young woman described as wearing a multi-hued gown. 585 ff : "Soaring to heaven on balanced wings, [Iris] blazed a rainbow trail beneath the clouds as she flew . Most works of art depict her either in the form of a beautiful rainbow, or as a lovely maiden. ‘Go on your way, swift Iris, and carry my word to Hektor (Hector) : [He gives her a message.] . Even though Iris is a Greek Goddess, Iris mentioned that she was deciding between Taoism and Buddhism as a religion. : The first men who gave names [to the gods] were no ordinary persons, but high thinkers and great talkers . After much toil She [Leto pregnant with Apollon and Artemis and forced to wander the earth by the rage of Hera] came unto the Isles (Nesoi) of the sea. Hither from the blue sky came in balanced flight the varicoloured maid [Iris the rainbow]; the forests shine out, and the shady glens smile upon the goddess, and smitten with her zones of radiance the palace starts from its sleep; but he himself, awoken neither by the bright glow nor by the sound or voice of the goddess, lay motionless as ever, till the Thaumantian [Iris] shot at him all her splendours and sank deep into his drowsy vision. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. "And Iris, hearing his [Akhilleus' (Achilles')] prayer [for winds to fire the pyre of his beloved Patroklos (Patroclus)] . ", Virgil, Aeneid 5. So Iris the swift-footed spoke and went away from him. 1 ff (trans. 350 ff (trans. Him found she therewithin with wife and twelve sons; and she told to him Athena's purpose toward the homeward-bound Akhaians (Achaeans). "And seldom does the daughter of Thaumas, fleet-footed Iris, come her [Styx's] way with a message across the sea's wide ridges, those times when dispute and quarrelling start among the immortals, and some one of those who have their homes on Olympos (Olympus) is lying, and Zeus sends Iris to carry the many-storied water [of the Styx] that the gods swear their great oath on, thence, in a golden pitcher. 270 ff (trans. : In the earlier poets, and even in Theocritus (xvii. She is regarded as the messenger of the gods to humankind, and particularly of the goddess Hera whose orders she brought to humans. Pisthetairos : What's your name, ship or head-dress? . . And she obeyed the dark-clouded son of Kronos (Cronus), and sped with swift feet across the space between. . The ancient Greeks considered Iris the female counterpart of Hermes. ]’ . pp. [He relates a message. Iris was the sister of the Harpies—Okypete and Aello. where, where, are you flying to? 585 (trans. 145 ff : As those times when out of the clouds the snow or the hail whirls cold beneath the blast of the north wind born in the bright air, so rapidly in her eagerness winged Iris, the swift one, and stood beside the famed shaker of the earth and spoke to him : ‘I have a certain message for you, dark-haired, earth-encircler, and came here to bring it to you from Zeus of the aegis. And she never forgetteth her seat, not even when sleep lays upon her his forgetful wing, but there by the edge of the great throne with head a little bent aslant she sleeps. The Iris Boundary If you’ve looked at the Greek gods and goddesses, there are often analogous gods for every goddess. . She wore wings on her shoulders and usually carried a pitcher in one hand. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1. Theoi Project © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Aaron J. Atsma, Netherlands & New Zealand, (Hesiod Theogony 265, Apollodorus 1.10, Hyginus Pref, Nonnus Dionysiaca 26.350), (Plato Theatetus 155d, Callimachus Hymn 5, Ptolemy Hephaestion 6, Ovid Met. Then deeply vexed the famed shaker of the earth spoke to her . ]’ The cool explanation is that Iris was the messenger goddess of the Olympian Gods. : Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 12. . 200 ff (trans. . . 200 ff (trans. . She was often described as the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera. "The wife of Zephyros (West-Wind), Iris (Rainbow), the messenger of Zeus . There a star from heaven dropped gliding to the ground and by its glow set the queen's hair ablaze, and with the star Hersilie ascended to the sky. ", Virgil, Aeneid 9. : Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : These were holding assembly standing close at hand swift-running Iris spoke to them, and likened her voice to that of the son of Priamos (Priam), Polites . "Thaumantias [i.e. Iris is the Ancient Greek Goddess of rainbows, also associated with the sea, the sky, colours, oaths and heraldry, she is a messenger to the Gods, later joined in this position by Hermes, more specifically, Iris is the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera. Ovid, Metamorphoses 14. . Aristophanes, Birds 574 (trans. ", Aristophanes, Birds 1196 ff (trans. Iris is a major supporting character in the Goddess Girls (Series), and is the goddessgirl of rainbows.She has been sent by Principal Zeus to go down to the River Styx on high demand, so it is likely for her to get along with Zeus too. She mounted the chariot and beside her entering Iris gathered the reins up and whipped them into a run, and they winged their way unreluctant. Iris is the Messenger Goddess.daughter of the Titan Thaumas and Electra. And you still dare to complain? She is principally engaged in the service of Zeus, but also in that of Hera, and even serves Achilles in calling the winds to his assistance. Iris forthwith seeks out the Minyae [Argonauts], and Cytherea [Aphrodite] the Colchian maid [Medea] [to arrange their destined meeting and love] . Iris was a goddess of sea and sky--her father Thaumas "the wondrous" was a marine-god, and her mother Elektra "the amber" a cloud-nymph. : Many Greeks viewed Iris as an important link between mortals and the realm of the gods. Iris' mother was Electra, an Oceanid. Her name contains a double meaning, being connected with both the Greek word iris "the rainbow" and eiris "messenger.". . She is able to change shapes and when delivering messages to mortals Iris assumes the appearance of a mortal known to those who receive the message. But what do all these insults mean? ", Homer, Iliad 24. "Thaumas and Elektra (Electra) had [children] Iris and the Harpyiai (Harpies) named Aello and Okypete (Ocypete). Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. She spoke so, and went away. . A complete bibliography of the translations quoted on this page. Come, lift the thyrsus of battle in your hands, and earnheaven by your deeds. ", Cicero, De Natura Deorum 3. Iris flies on wind and moves just like a blast of bright air. "Hersilie (Hersilia), his [Romulus the King of Rome's] consort, mourned his loss, and royal Juno [Hera] bade Iris descend her rainbow and exhort the widowed queen [to visit the grove of her apotheosed husband, the god Quirinus] . Most sources describe Iris as the daughter of the Oceanid cloud nymph Elektra and Thaumas, a minor god sometimes associated with the sea. Iris : What do you mean? : Stesichorus, Fragment 222B (trans. . Homer equated her with the war-goddess Enyo, whose Roman counterpart is Bellona. At these words, Iris goldenwing flew away peering through the air . ", Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 2. Iris is married to Zephyrus, the god of west winds, and delivered her son, Pothos, who was one of Aphrodite’s erotes. Unseen by any, the virginal Iris speeds to earth, sliding along the curve of a rainbow of many colours. Iris : Seize me? Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Nonnus, Dionysiaca 26. So he commanded. Then in turn swift wind-footed Iris answered him : ‘Am I them to carry, o dark-haired earth encircler, this word, which is strong and steep, back to Zeus from you? "[Zeus addresses Hera on Mt Ida when he spies Poseidon on the battlefield of Troy in defiance of his edicts :] ‘Go now among the generation of gods, and summon Iris to come here to me . 1.1.2. . 20 (trans. See also the sections describing messenger Iris in myth (below). . Isis is part of the Ennead of Heliopolis, a family of nine deities descended from the creator god, Atum or Ra. Her rainbow frequently appeared in the sky over bodies of water. 467 ff (trans. : "[Cicero's critical essay on the nature of the gods :] Why should not the glorious Rainbow be included among the gods? . Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) She spoke, and with her hand beat upon his languid breast, and charged him again and yet again, lest her message be lost. She came secretly from Zeus and the other gods, since it was Hera who sent her. that's enough tall talk. 350 ff (trans. She threw off her embroidered saffron robes, and put on her head a helmet with nodding plume, donned a delusive corselet, as the mother of battle, a corselet stained with blood, and sent froth from her grim countenance, like a man, battlestirring menaces, all delusion. . . . : Iris Messenger of the Gods (General References). 5.) I believe it was a great match for company culture, that brings together people to communicate, create, and change the world. fool! Like thereto Thaumantias (daughter of Thaumas) sat beside the throne. Laodike (Laodice) . Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. 6 ff (trans. 103 ff (trans. She is sibling to Arke, Aello, Celaeno, and Ocypete. 142 ff : And she went on to swear by the waters of Styx, the most portentous and inviolable oath that any god can take, that the Harpyai should never visit Phineus' house again, such being Fate's decree . "Spreading her wings, the goddess [Iris] took off from earth, describing a rainbow arc under the clouds as she flew. I shall send more than six hundred porphyrions (water-hens) clothed in leopards' skins up to heaven against him; and formerly a single Porphyrion [the giant-king that attacked heaven] gave him enough to do. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. Halt, don't stir! Isis was a goddess of the religious beliefs of ancient Egypt, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Eris is the Greek goddess of strife and discord. Faliscan Red Figure Vase Painting C4th B.C. Rackham) (Roman rhetorician C1st B.C.) Iris : A safe-conduct to me. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th or 6th B.C.) . . Iris was often described acting as an intermediary between Hera queen of the gods and Hypnos the god of sleep. But, by themselves, at a distance, upon a lonely beach the Trojan women lamented . Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) He sent on her way Iris of the golden wings with a message. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. Iris is generally considered to be a "minor" goddess in that she is submissive to the Olympians and has no specific domain. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 26. . . . : Nonnus, Dionysiaca 31. . Pisthetairos : By which gate did you pass through the wal [of the city of the birds]l, wretched woman? 655 ff (trans. Hither from the blue sky came in balanced flight the varicoloured maid; the forests shine out, and the shady glens smile upon the goddess, and smitten with her zones of radiance the palace starts . However, she wasn’t this protective of her fraternal twin Arce (a goddess of the faded rainbow invented at a later date), since she sided with the Titans during the Titanomachy. Antheia and Iris are best friends, Iris more major but Antheia is a minor plant goddess involved with gardens, flowery wreaths, and crops. you woman! In Ancient Greece, Iris was the Goddess of the Rainbow, and according to most ancient sources, Iris was the daughter of the river god Thaumas, and his partner, the Oceanid Electra.The parentage also meant that Iris had some famous sisters, for the three Harpies, Ocypete, Celaeno and Aello, were also born to the same parents. All the others spurned her and received her not; but Asteria called her by name as she was passing by--Asteria that evil scum of the sea: thou knowest it thyself. ", Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 14. .’ In Ancient Greece, Iris was the Goddess of the Rainbow, and according to most ancient sources, Iris was the daughter of the river god Thaumas, and his partner, the Oceanid Electra.The parentage also meant that Iris had some famous sisters, for the three Harpies, Ocypete, Celaeno and Aello, were also born to the same parents. The goddess made no delay. Fast flies the goddess and bids the hero quickly perform his sire's commands, and pours the glad message into his eager ears. . If you use any of the content on this page in your own work, please use the code below to cite this page as the source of the content. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Aristophanes, Birds 574 (trans. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : But tell me, where are you flying to? She has a shy approach when it comes to anyone else, she is often misunderstood as a helpless and gentle … ", Homer, Iliad 2. 5) and Electra, and sister of the Harpies. I am a messenger of Zeus, who far away cares much for you and is pitiful. "Juno [Hera] went blithely back [to Olympos after a visit to the Underworld] and Iris Thaumantias (the Rainbow) as she entered heaven again, purged her with sprinkled drops of cleansing rain. This colorful image led to the naming of the flower and to the colored part of the eye. "Now to Helene (Helen) of the white arms came a messenger, Iris, in the likeness of her sister-in-law . charioted upon the Anemoi (Winds), Euros (the East), Boreas (the North), Zephyros (the West-wind), and Notos (the South) [the four-wind gods in the forms of horses] : for Iris rainbow-plumed led 'neath the yoke of his eternal ear that stormy team. Pisthetairos : Did you get one? A goddess named “Iris” personified the rainbow in the mythology of ancient Greece. "The winged Arcadian [Hermes] is the messenger of supreme Jove [Zeus]; Juno [Hera] hath power over the rain-bringing Thaumantian [Iris the rainbow]. If she was the goddess of the rainbow and also of communication between heaven and earth, she would be very similar to the male god Hermes who is the god of communication. Campbell, Vol. Photokinesis: As the Goddess of the Rainbow, Iris has the divine authority and absolute control over rainbow. Then in turn the shaker of the earth Poseidon spoke to her : ‘Now this, divine Iris, was a word quite properly spoken. 397 ff : . In addition to her colorful job as rainbow goddess, Iris is also a messenger of the gods. Grant so solemn a request--rarely is this opportunity vouchsafed, to win the favour of Jove [Zeus] with Juno [Hera] on thy side.’ . . ", Statius, Silvae 5. Iris had several poetic titles and epithets. . ii. ", Stesichorus, Fragment 222B (trans. . She also had strong links with the kingship and the pharaohs. 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