|Goddess of victory|
Stone carving of the goddess Nike at the ruins of the ancient city of "Ephesus
|Symbol||golden sandals, wings, wreaths|
|Parents||"Pallas and "Styx|
|Siblings||"Kratos, "Bia, "Zelus|
In "ancient Greek religion, Nike ("//; "Greek: Νίκη, "Victory", Ancient Greek: "[nǐːkɛː]) was a "goddess who personified "victory. Her Roman equivalent was "Victoria. She was variously described as the daughter of the "Titan "Pallas and the goddess "Styx, and the sister of "Kratos (Strength), "Bia (Force), and "Zelus (Zeal).
Nike and her siblings were close companions of "Zeus, the dominant deity of the "Greek pantheon. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the "Titanomachy against the older deities. Nike assumed the role of the divine "charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame, symbolized by a wreath of laurel leaves (bay leaves).
Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the "Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of "Athena, and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the "Parthenon. Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek coins.
Names stemming from Nike include among others: "Nikolaos, "Nicholas, "Nicola, Nick, Nicolai, Niccolò, Nikolai, Nicolae, Nils, Klaas, Nicole, Ike, Niki, Nikita, Nikitas, Nika, Nieke, Naike, Niketas, Nikki, Nico, and "Veronica.