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Fast Facts - Nike

The Greek goddess of Victory

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The name "Nike" is one of the best-known of the Greek goddesses - yet many people don't even realize Nike was a goddess first, sports brand second. Here is a brief introduction to the story of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.

Nike's Appearance: A fit young woman with a blade and large wings, unusual among later Greek gods and goddesses, though many of them could take on the forms of birds in the myths.

Symbol or Attributes of Nike:Her wings; often depicted with a wreath of victory or a staff; the chariot.

Nike's Strengths: A very fast runner, swift flyer, able charioteer.

Nike's Weaknesses: Can be capricious (inconsistent) in doling out victory.

Nike's Parents: Daughter of Styx, called a nymph but actually the presiding spirit over the major river of the Underworld, and Pallas, a Titan. She has three brothers - Zelos, Kratos, and Bia, which are, respectively, rivalry, strength, and force.

Nike's Spouse: None.

Children: None.

Some Major Temple Sites for Nike: She is depicted multiple times at the Acropolis of Athens. The Parthenon there is dedicated to the goddess Athena, known for wisdom and skill in war, and a close friend to Nike. Nike, as Athena Nike, also presided over a temple on the acropolis of Megara.

The famous headless winged statue of Nike was found on the mystical island of Samothrace, and some of the islanders claim it was her birthplace. Nike's Basic Story: Despite being half-Titan by her father Pallas, Nike fought against the Titans on the side of the Olympians. driving through battles in her chariot, and became synonymous with victory.

Frequent Misspellings and Alternate Spellings: Niki, Nyke, Nykie, Nice

Interesting Facts about Nike: Some sources give her father as Ares, the God of War. The most famous statue of Nike is the Nike of Samothrace, a Greek island in the northern Aegean. This statue is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. In Roman myth, she was known as Victoria.

What About the Whoosh or Swoosh? The Nike sports brand logo has only an indirect connection with the real Nike. She was known for swooping in suddenly, and the logo reflects this, but it was not an ancient symbol of hers. More Fast Facts on Greek Gods and Goddesses:

Olympian Gods and Goddesses - Greek Gods and Goddesses at Home - Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Artemis - Athena - Demeter- Hades - Hephaestus- Hera - Hercules - Hermes - Pan- Persephone - Zeus.

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