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Nike

(nī`kē), in Greek religion and mythology, goddess of victory, daughter of Pallas and Styx. Often an attendant of Zeus or Athena, she also presided over all contests, athletic as well as military. She was a popular subject in art, usually represented as winged and bearing a wreath or palm branch. The Victory (or Nike) of Samothrace (Louvre) is one of the finest extant Greek sculptures. The Romans identified Nike with Victoria.

Nike

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Nike, asteroid 307 (the 307th asteroid to be discovered, on March 5, 1891), is approximately 58 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 5 years. It is named after the Greek goddess of victory. Nike indicates a fortunate outcome to activities undertaken in matters associated with its sign and house position.

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Kowal, Charles T. Asteroids: Their Nature and Utilization. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Ellis Horwood Limited, 1988.
Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Astronomical Names. London: Routledge, 1988.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

Nike

 

the personification of victory in ancient Greece; often an epithet of the goddess Athena, to whom the Temple of Nike (with many statues of Nike) at the Athenian Acropolis was dedicated.

Statues of Nike descending from heaven as a messenger of the gods were erected in honor of victory in war or in athletic or art competitions. The best known statues of Nike are the works of Paeonius and the statue of Nike from the island of Samothrace. In ancient Rome, Nike was identified with Victoria.

Nike

(Victoria) winged goddess of triumph. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 757]
See: Victory
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