Iras is Cleopatra’s second lady-in-waiting. She is somewhat more subdued a character than Charmian, but is just as able to make a dirty pun.
She pushes Cleopatra to try and comfort Antony after the defeat at Actium, and later helps lift him into the monument. When Cleopatra faints at Antony’s death, she at first thinks her mistress is dead. She agrees with Cleopatra that it is better to die nobly than to be led in Triumph. After helping to dress Cleopatra in her royal robes, she dies, apparently of a broken heart, before Cleopatra can in fact commit suicide.