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Nike Greek Mythology

Nice, (Greek: Νίκη; Romaniz.: Níkē or Niké , "Victory") was a Greek goddess who personified victory, strength and speed, represented by a winged woman, daughter of Palas and Styx. The Romans assigned Victory's name to Nice. Nice can also be represented with wings.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the image of the goddess came coined on the medals (gold, silver and bronze) with reference to the Goddess Athena. The Goddess of strategy and battles.

Her image is mandatory on all medals of the Summer Olympic Games. This image of the goddess on the medals comes from a 5th century B.C. marble sculpture by Peonius. The most famous image of the goddess is that of Samothrace, displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The goddess is on Athena's right hand, thus giving the goddess certainty of victory in all battles fought. Athena, in her history, has several times fought great battles against gods who wanted Nice for themselves, and thanks to the winged goddess, Athena always won them.

When Zeus, the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon, was organizing the war against the titans, Styx and his sons Nice, Bia, Cratos and Zeal were his allies. To the gods, warriors and heroes, Bia gave the strength, Cratos the power and Nice crowned victory. But anyone who was victorious should also know how to deal with Zeal - the jealousy, something that always surrounds those who are successful.


The clothing brand Nike was named after the goddess of the same name, Victoria of Samothrace. A bronze image of this goddess can be found in the Louvre Museum; thus, the brand's symbol (Logo NIKE.svg) is similar to a wing in honor of the winged goddess of victory.