According to Greek mythology, Nike was the daughter of the titan goddess Pallas and Styx vows, who is also the embodiment of the underground river that separated the realm of the dead from the world of the living.He grew up and was raised along with the daughter of Zeus - conquering Pallas Athene, goddess later became practically inseparable.Not for nothing on the Acropolis of Athens, next to the majestic temples dedicated to the powerful patron of the city, was built and a small temple of Athena Nike - wingless victory.
As you know, in mythology was the winged victory, because it did not differ constancy and at any moment could fly from one troop to another.That's why enterprising Athenians decided that it would be better to worship
wingless Nike, which will never be able to leave them.In Roman mythology, a kind of counterpart Nicky was the goddess of victory Victoria.
most famous sculpture of the goddess - a statue of Nike of Samothrace, one of the few surviving masterpieces of Hellenistic art.However, to judge by her how antique sculptor imagined the face of the goddess, now it is not possible.To this day the statue came headless and without arms.However, Greek sculpture, the focus has always been given the body, a person usually been classically correct and uniform.
Mighty and majestic figure of the goddess stood on a high cliff above the sea.Its pedestal was made in the shape of the stern of the warship.According to researchers, Nick stood, his head thrown back and blows a horn, proclaiming victory.Her powerful body in a wet tunic is directed forward in the irresistible impulse.Strong and proud wings flutter behind, giving rise to a feeling of joy and celebration.
According to the Greeks, Nick was involved not only in military campaigns, but also in sports, music and drama competitions.As a rule, it depicted a winged.Indispensable attribute of the goddess was a bandage and a wreath, and later - arms and Palm.As a messenger of victory, it could be depicted with his staff, which is generally considered an attribute of Hermes messenger of the gods.
ancient Greek sculptures and reliefs depict the Nick nodded his head to the winner, the crowning with a laurel wreath on his head, then slaughtered the sacrificial animal.Also, a small, compared with other powerful Olympic gods, Nick once was seen standing on the palm of your hand at the grand sculptures of Olympian Zeus and Athena Parthenos created great Athenian sculptor Phidias.