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Iris Iunonia. While the Trojans are busy with the funeral games, Iris at the bidding of Juno persuades the Trojan dames, assuming the likeness of Beroe, one of their number, to set fire to the ships and so make further wandering impossible. Jupiter at the prayer of Aeneas extinguishes the flames by a storm of rain after four ships have been destroyed ( Aen.V. 604-99). It is only in later poetry that Iris, who in the Iliadis merely the messenger of the gods, is specially the attendant of Juno and goddess of the rainbow, which forms her path to earth. Cf. 830, XI. 585-91.
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