Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) : She was often described as the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera. Hesiod, Theogony 265 ff (trans. 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. "[In this comedy the Birds have built a fortress in the air blocking the gods' access to the earth :] So saying, as ring-leader, Iris violently snatched up a dangerous firebrand, swung back with her right hand strongly, waved it aloft and then hurled it . In the Homeric poems she appears as the minister of the Olympian gods, who carries messages from Ida to Olympus, from gods to gods, and from gods to men. Iris : I am immortal. He spoke, and Iris storm-footed sprang away with the message, and at a point between Samos and Imbros of the high cliffs plunged in the dark water, and the sea crashed moaning about her. Iris would frequently use her pitcher to serve nectar to the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. .’ She assumed a false pretended shape of Ares, and borrowed a face like his. Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care Popularity index: 5927 Her genealogy too supports the opinion that Iris was originally the personification of the rainbow. 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 . ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 1. . ad Hom. : Isis was initially an obscure goddess who lacked her own dedicated temples, but she grew in importance as the dynastic age progressed, until she became one of the most important deities of ancient Egypt. In myth she appears only as an errand-running messenger and was usually described as a virgin goddess. The goddess Iris I have the Mythic tarot deck and today I drew Temperance which is represented by the greek goddess Iris in the deck. Pisthetairos : Let a buzzard rush at her and seize her. She is called 'The Rainbow, Iris' thus implying that her presence is a sign of hope or perhaps symbolizing a bridge between heaven and earth. . xiv. With these words the goddess returned to Olympos. . And she obeyed the dark-clouded son of Kronos (Cronus), and sped with swift feet across the space between. "[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.’ ‘Go,’ he says, ‘let Alcides [Herakles] . Then deeply vexed the famed shaker of the earth spoke to her . xiv. ", Homer, Iliad 24. . 270 ff (trans. Iris had some very interesting siblings. "Iris (the Rainbow) the bride of Zephyros (the West Wind) and mother of Pothos (Desire). 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. . . IRIS was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the Olympian gods. 585 (trans. .’ 5) and Electra, and sister of the Harpies. to C1st A.D.) : Come, stretch your wings or look out for squalls! . xxiii. Iris departed, and fled away back o'er the arching rainbow as she came. She was loyal to Hera. The union of the rainbow and west wind symbolised the variegated brilliance of passion. (Il. Lamb) (Greek philosopher C4th B.C.) ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 20. . Pisthetairos : By Zeus! ", Homer, Iliad 11. . But they received her not when she came--not the Ekhinades (Echidnades) with their smooth anchorage for ships, not Kerkyra (Corcyra) which is of all other islands most hospitable, since Iris on lofty Mimas was wroth with them all and utterly prevented them. . 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. ]’ ].’ to C1st A.D.) : Pisthetairos : No head-bird gave you a safe-conduct? Iris : I am swift Iris. . Pisthetairos (Pisthetaerus) : Hi! So Iris the swift-footed spoke and went away from him. Quickly she reached the hill of Romulus with Thaumantea [Iris]. (Eustath. The ancient Greeks described her as “swift footed”, suggesting she could respond rapidly to requests. . : Plato, Cratylus 400d & 408c ff (trans. I need not tell you that one lovesick will do anything for hope.’ Persephone, Demeter and Antheia share the same elemental powers of plants. 189 ff (trans. : Next, go to Aiolos (Aeolus), king of the sky-born winds, and to him too convey my wishes, which are that he should order all the winds of heaven to cease . Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) 122, xv. 85 ff (trans. "Hera made her way brooding to the waters of Khremetes [Chremetes, a river of North Africa] in the west . 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. . . 10 (trans. Aristophanes, Birds 574 (trans. Mozley) (Roman poetry C1st A.D.) : 138 ff (trans. The appearance of Iris in Greek comedy was anticipated by her earlier appearance in the satyr-plays of the tragedians. Iris, goldenwing bride of plantnourishing Zephyros, happy mother of Eros (Love) [i.e. 103 ff : . "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]. "Soaring to heaven on balanced wings, [Iris] blazed a rainbow trail beneath the clouds as she flew . ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 26. : "Iris informs Menelaos (Menelaus) of what has happened at his home [i.e. According to the Greek poet Hesiod, she was the daughter of Thaumas and the ocean nymph Electra. [and upon their meeting] the Thaumantian [Iris] rose on swift wings and fled. : . Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Iris Facts and Figures. She [Thetis then] went on her way [to Olympos], and in front of her rapid wind-footed Iris guided her, and the wave of the water opened about them. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : The Harpyai and Iris went their different ways . She would have been one of the Titan Oceanus’ granddaughters. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th or 6th B.C.) "Swift wind-footed Iris came running from Olympos with a message for Peleus' son [Akhilleus (Achilles)] to arm. . ☆ Iris » She is the Greek - Roman Messenger Goddess who forms the Rainbow Bridge between Heaven and Earth. It is because Hermes (Mercury) is called the messenger god. The Iris Boundary If you’ve looked at the Greek gods and goddesses, there are often analogous gods for every goddess. . Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Homer, Iliad 2. 134) and Virgil (Aen. they must offer sacrifices, and not to Zeus at all! Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 8. A complete bibliography of the translations quoted on this page. : to C1st A.D.) : Virgil, Aeneid 5. 80 ff (trans. You shall be called beloved wife of the man who wins you.’ 830, &c.) Some poets describe Iris actually as the rainbow itself, but Servius (ad Aen v. 610) states that the rainbow is only the road on which Iris travels, and which therefore appears whenever the goddess wants it, and vanishes when it is no longer needed: and it would seem that this latter notion was the more prevalent one in antiquity. It is told that irises were planted at the graves of women. Iris was often described acting as an intermediary between Hera queen of the gods and Hypnos the god of sleep. ", Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 4. in Apoll. 60 ff (trans. Like thereto Thaumantias (daughter of Thaumas) sat beside the throne. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1. Iris daughter of Thaumas]. . IRIS was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the Olympian gods. But, dear Lady,--for thou canst-- defend thy servants, who tread the earth at thy behest.’ "Juno [Hera] spies winged Iris and bids her swiftly obey Dione's [Aphrodite's] command and bring the Aesonian youth [Jason, leader of the Argonauts] to the appointed grove. It is a fine thing when a messenger is conscious of justice.’", Homer, Iliad 18. 199.) Although initially an obscure goddess, Isis came to fulfill a variety of roles, primarily as wife and mother, mourner, and magical healer. She is regarded as the messenger of the gods to humankind, and particularly of the goddess Hera whose orders she brought to humans. 2 ff : She also had strong links with the kingship and the pharaohs. For I will say this straight out, and it will be a thing accomplished: [He gives her his message. Iris Facts and Figures. Areas of Influence: Iris Goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the Gods. You don't answer. Iris, in Greek mythology, the personification of the rainbow and (in Homer’s Iliad, for example) a messenger of the gods. : Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History Book 6 (summary from Photius, Myriobiblon 190) (trans. : . 60 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Aristophanes, Birds 574 (trans. 201. xviii. . : Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 12. ", Statius, Thebaid 12. "The father of gods and men descending out of the sky took his place along the ridges of Ida . Iris goes forth, and tricks out her beams, made dim by showers of rain. Eris is the Greek goddess of strife and discord. 4.479, Vergil Aeneid 9.2, Cicero De Natura Deorum 3.20), (Alcaeus Frag 257; Eustathius on Homer 555, Nonnus Dionysiaca 47.340). IRIS (Iris), a daughter of Thaumas (whence she is called Thaumantias, Virg. Goddess of the Rainbow Iris flies on the wind and moves like a blast of bright air. And you still dare to complain? Iris' mother was Electra, an Oceanid. 467 ff (trans. In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge from heaven to earth. She spoke, and with her hand beat upon his languid breast, and charged him again and yet again, lest her message be lost. Pearse) (Greek mythographer C1st to C2nd A.D.) : Homeric Hymn 2 to Demeter 315 ff (trans. The goddess made no delay. The old god chose Morpheus to undertake Thaumantias' [Iris'] commands. 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. "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. 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. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th or 6th B.C.) But, by themselves, at a distance, upon a lonely beach the Trojan women lamented . As a goddess, Iris is associated with communication, messages, the rainbow, and new endeavors. Hymn. ", Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. "[Plato invents philosophical etymologies to explain the names of the gods :] O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.) ", Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 8. Iris entered, and the bright sudden radiance of her robe lit up the hallowed place . Pisthetairos : By which gate did you pass through the wal [of the city of the birds]l, wretched woman? "[Iris reports the birth of Apollon to Hera on Olympos :] A swift messenger [Iris] hastened to thee [Hera]. To differentiate the functions of Hermes and Iris, poets in the later day turned … 167 ff : . Hasten with stormshod foot to the home of gloomy Hypnos in the west. ", Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo 102 ff (trans. . But tell me, where are you flying to? 144, xxiv. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Nonnus, Dionysiaca 13. : 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. 115 ff : . Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) 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 … So he commanded. Even your own father, chief of the Blessed, Zeus Lord in the Highest, did not rise to heaven without hard work, he the sovereign of the stars: first he must bind fast those threateners of Olympos, the Titanes, and hide them deep in the pit of Tartaros. 270 ff (trans. Then goddess Iris returned flying at speed and hastened to deliver her welcome message to her queen.". . Iris the swift-foot came close beside her and spoke to her : ‘Rise, Thetis. . Theaet. ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 47. Greek Lyric III) (Greek lyric C7th to 6th B.C.) Iris is shown with wings, a ( kerykeion ) herald's staff, and a pitcher of water. . "Now to Helene (Helen) of the white arms came a messenger, Iris, in the likeness of her sister-in-law . "From Thaumas and Electra : Iris, Harpyiae (Harpies) Celaeno, Ocypete, Podarce. Aen. 409.). Iris : I? 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 . .’ . And at her rebuke they fled all together, every one that she came to, along the waters. . O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.) Iris : By which gate? 200 ff (trans. How can your hearts so storm within you? 115 ff : Statius, Thebaid 10. He spoke, and swift wind-footed Iris did not disobey him but went along the hills of Ida to sacred Ilion. 6 ff (trans. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Ovid, Metamorphoses 14. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. xv. Hesiod, Theogony 265 ff (trans. See also the sections describing messenger Iris in myth (below). . IRIS was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the Olympian gods. 266, 780; Apollod. : Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. ", Statius, Silvae 3. Ovid, Metamorphoses 11. . But I myself will undertake an oath that never again shall they come near to Phineus.’ Iris, glory of the sky, cloud-borne. 606 ff (trans. No statues of Iris have been preserved, but we find her frequently represented on vases and in bas-reliefs, either standing and dressed in a long and wide tunic, over which hangs a light upper garment, with wings attached to her shoulders, and carrying the herald's staff in her left hand; or she appears flying with wings attached to her shoulders and sandals, with the staff and a pitcher in her hands. 391, 555; Plut. 2 ff : 352 ff : . 232; Virg. 80 ff (trans. 10 (trans. Blindness Inducement:Through u… Iris soared up to Olympos, cleaving the air with her unflagging wings. . Respecting the worship of Iris very few traces have come down to us, and we only know that the Delians offered to her on the island of Hecate cakes made of wheat and honey and dried figs. "[Cicero's critical essay on the nature of the gods :] Why should not the glorious Rainbow be included among the gods? Here Hermes, messenger of the gods, is closely connected with rainbow. As Goddess of the rainbow she joined the human realm to the place of the Gods. .’ So Iris the swift-footed spoke and went away from them. (Hera carries associations with the sky.). You must say whence you come. She plummeted to the sea floor like a lead weight . Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : 286 ff (trans. Pisthetairos : What's your name, ship or head-dress? "But the goddesses [arrived on Delos to attend the labour of the goddess Leto] sent out Iris from the well-set isle to bring Eileithyia . Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. So Juno [Hera] orders.’ "Hermes is a god and has wings and flies, and so do many other gods. First of all, Nike (Victory) flies with golden wings, Eros (Love) is undoubtedly winged too, and Iris is compared by Homer to a timorous dove. "[Hera] bids her own Iris gird herself with her wonted circles . .’ So she cajoled him, and the shoes carried her high into the air.". Pisthetairos : Ah! In the earlier poets, and even in Theocritus (xvii. : and so you slipped into this city on the sly and into these realms of air-land that don't belong to you. [Poseidon complains about Zeus' order.] . Athenian Black Figure Vase Painting C6th B.C. ", Cicero, De Natura Deorum 3. Name: Iris Pronunciation: Coming soon Alternative names: Gender: Female Type: Goddess Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present. She wore wings on her shoulders and usually carried a pitcher in one hand. I know nothing about that, not I. ", Statius, Thebaid 10. "Iris storm-footed sprang away . Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. Armed with the brand of Zeus, justice would annihilate your race; the lightning would strike you as it did Likymnios and consume both your body and the porticos of your palace. . She was often described as the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera. Have you a permit, bearing the seal of the storks? She is part of the Spiral Dance Collection which portrays the goddesses as a mix of human features and expressions of energy, which flow out from their hands and feet as spirals. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Statius, Thebaid 12. If Iris was the – and you think of the iris of your eye, the colors of the rainbow. And the other kept watch over the far-flung islands, even Thaumantia [Iris daughter of Thaumas] seated on Mimas, whither she had sped. Iris : Seize me? In Greek vase painting Iris is depicted leading the procession of the gods to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. Near the Cimmerii a cavern lies deep in the hollow of a mountainside, the home and sanctuary of lazy Somnus [Hypnos] . But she refused to be seated and spoke the word to them : ‘I must not sit down. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) Müller, Aegin. ", Homer, Iliad 2. 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. v. 610) Iris appears as a virgin goddess; but according to later writers, she was married to Zephyrus, and became by him the mother of Eros. Iris is shown with wings, a (kerykeion) herald's staff, and a pitcher of water. Iris is depicted in ancient Greek vase painting as a beautiful young woman with golden wings, a herald's rod (kerykeion), and sometimes a water-pitcher (oinochoe) in her hand. Isis is part of the Ennead of Heliopolis, a family of nine deities descended from the creator god, Atum or Ra. 1 ff (trans. 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