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Greek Allusions Project - Nike

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Lisa Bennett

on 10 October 2013

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Transcript of Greek Allusions Project - Nike

Greek Goddess of Victory
According to classical myth, Styx brought her children, Nike and her siblings, to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older dieties. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around the battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame.
Mythological Basis
In Greek mythology, Nike was a goddess who personified victory.
Also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory
Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of Kratos, Bia, and Zelus.
Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory
Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena
Quick Facts
Statuette of goddess Nike found in Vani, Georgia
Air Gear (Japanese Manga Series) - The Fictional character Sora has a brother named Nike after the Greek goddess of Victory
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs. Young-adult novel. The main character is a direct descendant of the goddess Nike.
"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. The narrator says, "She (Mrs. Mallard) carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory." By referring to Greek mythology, the narrator compares Mrs. Mallard to the goddess Nike.
Literary Allusions
The shoe and sports equipment company Nike, Inc. is named after the Greek goddess Nike.
A figure of Nike with a vessel was the design of the first FIFA World Cup Trophy, known as the Jules Rimet trophy
Since Giuseppe Cassioli's design of the 1928 Summer Olympics, the front face of every Olympic medal bears Nike's figure holding a palm frond in her right hand and a winner's crown in her left.
She is depicted on the front of the U. S. World War II Victory Medal.
The hood ornament used by the automobile manufacturer Rolls-Royce was inspired by Nike.
Other Allusions
U.S. WWII Victory Medal
Nike, Inc. Logo
Nike is one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek coins.
The hood ornament used
by Roll-Royce
The goddess Nike
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