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Goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is usually employed by Zeus in Homer's Iliad, once by Hera, whose officious minister she later becomes. In Archaic art she has winged boots and short chiton like Hermes, but later is winged, with long or short dress, and carries a herald's sceptre. She appears in many divine or heroic scenes as messenger, as servant of Hera (Parthenon frieze), and sometimes as a lone traveller beset by satyrs or Centaurs.

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