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Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, may originally have been considered an aspect of the goddess Athena* rather than a deity in her own right. According to the Greek writer Hesiod*, Nike was the daughter of the river Styx and the Titan Pallas. Zeus* honored her for helping him win the battle of the gods against the Titans. The Romans knew Nike as Victoria and considered her the protector of the Roman senate.

deity god or goddess

Titan one of a family of giants who ruled the earth until overthrown by the Greek gods of Olympus

Nike was usually shown as a small figure carried in the hands of Zeus or Athena. As the goddess of victory, she appeared as a winged figure holding a laurel wreath above the heads of those

*See Names and Places at the end of this volume for further information.

who won competitions. However, in her identity as Athena Nike, she was portrayed without wings.

See also Athena; Greek Mythology; Roman Mythology.

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Nike (nī´kē), in Greek religion and mythology, goddess of victory, daughter of Pallas and Styx. Often an attendant of Zeus or Athena, she also presided over all contests, athletic as well as military. She was a popular subject in art, usually represented as winged and bearing a wreath or palm branch. The Victory (or Nike) of Samothrace (Louvre) is one of the finest extant Greek sculptures. The Romans identified Nike with Victoria.

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Nike in Greek mythology, the goddess of victory; a winged statue representing this goddess.

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