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Iris
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(Ἶρις; Îris, ‘Rainbow’)

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[1] Messenger of the gods, personification of rainbow

The deified rainbow. In Hesiod's genealogy (Hes. Theog. 266) she is the daughter of  Thaumas (cf. θαῦμα/thaûma, ‘marvel’) and  Electra [1] (cf. the shining metal electrum) and sister of the  Harpies, who flew as fast the wind. Her genealogy characterizes her: she herself is thought to be fast, and in Greek physics, the rainbow can produce wind…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg) and Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart), “Iris”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e527240>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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