Nike (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Nike (Greek Νικη, pronounced Nee-kay, meaning "Victory") (Roman equivalent: Victoria), was a goddess who personified triumph and victory. She was a companion of Athena. She was capable of running and flying at great speeds. Nike was the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of Cratos, Bia, and Zelus. She was depicted as having wings and wearing a billowing robe, carrying a wreath and a staff. Nike and her siblings were all companions of Zeus.

The most famous representation of Nike is the Winged Victory of Samothrace, in the Louvre, Paris.




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