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Pronunciation : EYE-russ

(Greek Deity)IRIS

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Festival Days : --
When in Rome : Unknown

The fleet-footed messenger of Hera. Her words were never doubted, unlike Zeus' equivalent, Hermes, who was a bit of a fibber.

The daughter of Thaumas and Elektra is sister to the Harpies, so when the Argonauts were chasing them away for doing unspeakable things to blind Phineus' lunch, Iris arrived to talk them out of a nasty shoeing.

Iris was very popular. Her messages always arrived on time and she never went on strike for a bigger glass of Ambrosia, unlike the royal mail, and she was always on hand to lend a hand too. When Aphrodite was wounded at Troy Iris single handedly humped her into Ares war wagon and drove the injured goddess all the way to Mount Olympus A and E. You can't buy this sort of reliability.

After a particularly nasty storm she sent a multi colored streamer arching right across the sky to lift weary hearts and it became known as a rainbow, but it didn't stop her becoming the target of a nasty smear campaign when Zeus spread hurtful rumours involving Iris, Eros and the West wind.

This was a blatent attempt by the top God to cover up his wayward ways (again!) and it almost worked as Hera began to scream at the poor rainbow Goddess in a most aggressive manner. But did Iris get mad? Nope. She just had a little sob, wiped her eyes, then smiled so sweetly that Hera was stopped, mid scald, dead in her tracks.
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Parents : Thaumas and Elektra
Spouse : Zephyrus
Offspring : Don't know, sorry
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'IRIS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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