Goddess Nike  

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"NIKE" (VICTORY) WAS NAME OF THE GREEK GODDESS OF VICTORY; SHE WAS THE PERSONIFICATION OF VICTORY AND SUCCESS...SPECIFICALLY IN BATTLE AND IN SPORTS. SHE WAS CAPABLE OF RUNNING OR FLYING AT GREAT SPEED, BUT OTHER THAN THIS GREAT SPEED, SHE HAD NO SPECIAL POWERS OF HER OWN. SHE HELPED THE RIGHTFUL TO SUCCEED. NIKE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF THE TITAN GIANT, PALLAS AND THE NAIAD, THE RIVER STYX. SHE IS OFTEN DEPICTED WITH WINGS AND A PALM OF VICTORY IN HER HAND. SHE SAT AT THE SIDE OF ZEUS DURING THE DURATION OF HIS PLIGHT WITH THE TITANS.

SHE WAS A BRINGER OF GOOD LUCK, AND BECAME KNOWN AS THE MEDIATOR OF SUCCESS BETWEEN THE GODS AND MEN NOT ONLY IN WAR, BUT IN ALL OTHER UNDERTAKINGS AS WELL. FREQUENTLY SHE IS SEEN HOVERING WITH OUTSTRETCHED WINGS OVER THE VICTOR IN A COMPETITION. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS A DIVINE BEING, SHE HAD NO SPECIAL TEMPLES OR FESTIVALS AND WAS USUALLY WORSHIPPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH PALLAS ATHENA AND APPEARS MAINLY IN THE COMPANY OF OTHER DEITIES...NOTABLY ZEUS AND PALLAS ATHENA... WHO BOTH HAVE BOTH BEEN DEPICTED CARRYING SMALL FIGURES OF NIKE...INDICATING THAT SHE WAS AN ATTRIBUTE TO BOTH OF THEM. IT WAS BECAUSE SHE PRESIDED OVER ATHLETIC CONTESTS THAT SHE BECAME THE ICON OF THE FOOTWEAR COMPANY.



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