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Styx herself was honoured by Zeus' decree that the most solemn oath the gods might swear would be by her waters. Whenever one of the gods wished to swear an oath, Iris, the divine messenger, was sent with a golden jug to fetch some of Styx's icy water, and the god would swear while making a libation. If anyone swore falsely, he would lie insensible for a year, then be banished from the company of the gods for another nine years. So severe were these penalties that we never hear of any broken oath. March 2008, p 34