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In Greek mythology, Iambe was a goddess of verse, especially scurrilous, ribald humour. She was a daughter of Echo and Pan.

It is believed that she made Demeter smile or laugh when Demeter was mourning the loss of her daughter, Persephone. She accomplished this by creating an elaborate ritualized exhibition of herself. Iambe exposed herself completely and Demeter could not help but be amused by her brazen display. This act of humour and courage lifted Demeter from her grief and the Earth became fertile once more. She then became the first priestess of Demeter.

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