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Nike, also known as Victoria, is the winged goddess of victory according to the Romans. She was involved in victory of battle and also friendly competition. Nike was brought to Zeus at the start of the Titan War as a young child along with Zelos of rivalry, Kratos of strength, and Bia of force
by Styx into the service of the god. Nike was said to be his charioteer, and all were appointed to be guards by the throne of the god. Nike was portrayed of having a wreath or sash to crown a victor, a oinochoe and phiale, bowl and cup, for libations, a thymiaterion, incense burner, an altar, and a lyre for the celebration of victory in song. On many statues of Nike, she is seen carrying a palm branch as a sign of victory. On many other paintings
Nike is shown as the charioteer of Zeus in the War of the Titans.
and statues, she is seen driving a chariot for Zeus like the picture below.
Some of Nike's strengths include her quick running abilities, being a swift flyer, and being able to be a noble charioteer. However, one of her largest weaknesses is being inconsistent with distributing out victories. Nike's family included her mother and father, Pallas and Styx, and siblings Zelos, Kratos, and Bia. Because she was given to Zeus along with her siblings by her father, she was considered a sister to also Zeus. If ever needed, Nike could turn to her close friend, Athena, for help and advice. As shown in many paintings and statues, Athena is shown holding Nike in the palm of her hand. From the times she was young in Rome, she was already being worshiped and was known to be the protecting goddess of the Senate. The Victory of Samothrace, which would be Nike's figure, is one of the finest Greek sculptures, which is shown below.
This is shown as one of the finest Greek sculptures which shows Nike's body headless.
Nike's myth of having the power of victory has even helped start-off the franchise of Nike Inc. for sporting goods ad athletic gear around the world. Below Kobe Bryant is shown in a Nike advertisement with wings made of shoes much like Nike's very own wings.
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