IRIS was the goddess of the rainbow, the messenger of the Olympian gods. She was often represented as the handmaiden and personal messenger of Hera.
Some of the more famous myths featuring the goddess include:
- Iris the Exile of Demeter;
- Labor of Leto;
- Iris and the Trojan War.
In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of Rainbows.Though often referred to in myths as Hera's messenger it is now widely known that Iris, along with Apollo was a messenger to all gods and goddesses. Even Demigods can now access to Iris' Rainbow Message to talk to each other over long distances.
Iris is the daughter of Thaumas, one of the many gods of the sea, and the ocean nymph Electra, an Oceanid. Her sisters are the Harpies, Aello, and Ocypete. She also has a twin sister, Arkhe, who served as messenger for the Titans in the first war. As the sun unites Earth and heaven, Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and underworld. She is married to Zephyrus, who is the god of the west wind. Their son is Pothos. She also wields a pitcher of water originating from the River Styx. Whoever promises to tell the truth and lies, she uses it to put the liar to sleep. She was said to bear golden wings of a butterfly and she is commonly underestimated as goddess of rainbows, but her children are, rather powerful.
Iris in Greek means 'rainbow'. She was often prayed upon to deliver messages and to bring clear skies for people. As a minor goddess she had no temples but probably had many cuts scattered around Greece.
In Roman mythology Arcus is the goddess of messages and rainbows.
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 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.