Nike By: Harmoney Burke & Mackendzie Dresbaugh

Nike is the Goddess of victory. In Roman myths, Nike is known as Victoria. People may think the sports brand came first, but really the Goddess was why they named the sports brand, Nike. Nike is known for swooping in suddenly and the Nike logo tries to depict this. Though, the swoosh was not an ancient symbol of hers. Before any athletic events Greeks would pray to Nike for her favor.

Symbols

  • Her wings
  • Palm -branch
  • Wreath
  • Hermes staff (messenger of victory)
  • Chariot
  • Large shield

Appearance

Nike was a fit young woman with a blade and large wings. She was believed to be able to form into a bird. Nike was a fast runner, a swift flyer, and an able charioteer. Though she was victorious, she was often inconsistent.

Family

  • Parents: Daughter of Styx and Pallas (some people believe Ares, God of war, is her actual father)
  • Siblings: Three brothers- Zelos (Rivalry), Cratos (strength), and Bia (force). The four siblings were companions of Zues.
  • Spouse: None
  • Children: None

Friendship With Athena

Athena was Nikes best friend. Nike closely identified with this Goddess. At times she was a little more than an attribute of the Goddess Athena.

Basic Story of Nike

For a Goddess of such fame, there isn't a lot of mythology about Nike. Most tails of Nike are mixed with tails of Athena, the Goddess of war and strategy. Nike and Athena were said to be some of the few Gods to stand by the side of Zeus, king of Gods, in a war for the control of Olympus. Her and her siblings were the first to join Zeus in the battle. Nike herself was given a golden chariot to lead Zeus's troops into battle. Although Nike is an important figure in Greek mythology, there are not many stories based on her. This story is one of the few independent stories that she has.

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