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Nike (The Angel) sculpture at Mexico City

Nike has several meanings.

Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory

Nike is the goddess of victory of ancient Greeks. They made for her a statue in Delphi after the victory of Salamis; she also had a temple on the acropolis of Athens, and a sanctuary on the acropolis of Megara. In Greek mythology, Nike is described as a daughter of Pallas and Styx, and as a sister of Zelus, Cratos and Bia. She was honored by Zeus because she and her two sisters, fought on his side against the Titans.

The winged marble sculpture discovered at Samothrace, an island in the Aegean sea, was probably offered by Rhodians in commemoration of a naval victory.

The theatrical stance, vigorous movement, and billowing drapery of this Hellenistic sculpture are combined with references to the Classical period-prefiguring the baroque aestheticism of the Pergamene sculptors. [1] At present this sculpture is at the French Louvre museum.

Romans named her Victory, as a symbol of victory over death.

Nike, Inc.

Nike also refers to the American multinational maker of footwear, clothing, and sports equipment. Nike is based in Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area and was founded in 1964. According to Forbes magazine, the Nike brand was valued at $19 billion in 2014. This makes it the most valuable sports business.[1]

External Links

El Angel, Monumento a la independencia de Mexico, Mexico City.
The Louvre winged Victory of Samothrace, Circa 190 BC.


  1. Ozanian, Mike. "The Forbes Fab 40: The World's Most Valuable Sports Brands 2014", July 10, 2014.  Retrieved February 20, 2015