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Nike
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(Νίκη; Níkē).

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I. Mythology

N. is the Greek personification of victory. As early as in Hesiod she is an abstract concept: Nike is the daughter of Styx and Pallas and the sister of similar personifications: Zelos (zeal), Kratos (power) and Bia (force) (Hes. Theog. 384-385). Zeus commands these powers forever (ibid. 388), since, on the advise of Styx, they supported him in the Gigantomachy (ibid. 389-403; Serv. Aen. 6,134). Nonnus outlined N.'s participation in the battle (Nonnus, Dion. 2,358-359; 4…

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Scherf, Johannes (Tübingen) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Nike”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e822130>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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