Friday 29 November 2013


Iris and Morpheus

In Greek mythology, Iris was described as the goddess of the rainbow, and the messenger of the Olympian gods. Iris was described goddess of the sea and sky, as she was the daughter of Thaumas (sea god) and Electra (cloud nymph). As the messenger of the gods, Iris is described as swift-footed, like a storm wind and she principally engaged in the, service of Zeus, and also Hera
Iris and Zeus

                                    Iris performed her services not only when commanded but she sometimes advice and assists of her own accord. Iris was chosen by the gods to carry water from the Styx (the river of oaths) to Mt Olympus for the gods to swear by. 
Iris carry water from the river Styx

                         Iris was described as a virgin goddess, but later writers said that she was married to Zephyrus, the god of west wind. 
Iris and Zephyrus

                Iris was represent either as a rainbow or as a young maiden with wings. She was usually depicted standing beside Zeus or Hera sometimes as cupbearer of the gods she is often indistinguishable from Hebe in art.


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