Nike was a goddess of Greek mythology that personified victory. She was the daughter of goddess Styx and titan Pallas, while her brothers were Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal). According to mythology, when Zeus prevailed as leader of the gods, Nike and her brothers became his followers.
Goddess Nike’s worship included processions, libations and sacrifices for her merit, while supplications to Nike also took place by the priestess of the divinities.
There was a golden statue of Nike at Parthenon, while there was also a temple dedicated to her, built around 410 BC. A tribute of the Athenians to the goddess also existed in Delphi. In Olympia, at the chryselephantine statue of Zeus, the Father of gods holds on his right hand Nike, also made of ivory and gold.
The most famous statue of Nike is the Victory of Samothrace, an original marble sculpture that has been preserved in the Louvre Museum since 1884.
It was found in the sanctuary of the Great Gods in Samothrace, and represents the goddess Nike with wings. It was created to honor the goddess but also a naval battle – it is not certain which one.
Nike is carved in white marble from Paros and is supposed to hold a wreath for the winner. The statue was fastened to the bow of a ship made of marble of Rhodes and gave the impression that it had just “landed” on it and strolled fleetingly.
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