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Images of Nike (the Goddess, not the shoes)

Ephesus Nike

In honor of the opening of the Olympics today, I’ve picked out three of my favorite images of Nike from the ancient Mediterranean.  I’ve always been amused by the iconography of the Goddess Nike – flying off in a flurry or racing away, arms and legs shown mid-stride.

Athens Agora Nike

Classical Greek Nike from the Ancient Agora in Athens

Ephesus Nike

The well-known Nike pediment from Ephesus – Roman 2nd century AD

bronze Nike from Athen Archaeological Museum

Very small partial bronze figure of Nike from the Athens Archaeological Museum.  Given her hairstyle this is likely Archaic Greek (ca. 580-500 BC)

All photos by Daydream Tourist.

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  1. dave behnk #

    NBC just did a wonderful piece of the Goddess of Victory for the Olympics.

    July 27, 2012
    • Very cool, I’m sorry I missed it. Hopefully the piece will be online!

      July 27, 2012
    • Very cool, I’m sorry I missed it. Hopefully the piece will be online!

      July 27, 2012

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