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PETER SHULTZ ON NIKE
Where and when did Nike
become so important,
inspirational and influential?
How did her cult begin?
What did the people who
first paid homage to her
• 8 minute pilot documentary
now available. to view LINK.
(Now hosted on Vimeo)
• Pheidias's statue of Athena &
Zeus. Reconstruction. Revised
• 3D reconstruction of the
Temple & parapet. New
renders for 2016. LINK
• NEW updated renders
on the Nike acroterions.
February 2016. LINK
• The Acropolis reconstruction
now includes a new and revised
model of the Parthenon. Featured
on the Nike and Phidias page. LINK
Welcome to Nike is Now. Our website explores the world of ancient
Greek culture, architecture, and archaeology. Nike is Now also explores
and illuminates the Greek goddess Nike, her temples, her cults,
her influences, and her powers, from ancient times to modern.
Nike, the Greek personification of victory;
the equivalent to the Roman personification
Victoria. In Greek literature, Nike is first
mentioned by Hesiod (ca. 700 BCE) as
daughter of the Titans Pallas and Styx.
She is the youngest sister of Zelos ('Rivalry'),
Kratos ('Strength') and Bia ('Force'). In Hesiod's Theogony, Nike battles the Titans alongside the Olympian gods and is rewarded for her loyalty with honor and glory. In specific victory odes, Pindar (ca. 480 BCE) and Bacchylides (ca. 475 BCE) represent Nike as one who judges aretē ('excellence') and both bestows and proclaims victory. Her spheres of influence are those of war, sport, poetry, and art – wherever there is agōn ('competition'). Nike signals victory in all.
In ancient Greek art, Nike is enormously popular. She is almost always shown with wings and in a stance or position that communicates her powerful, energetic, and ephemeral nature.
In vase painting, she shows up early as a messenger of the gods and, in the Archaic period (ca. 650-480 BCE), is often indistinguishable from other winged heralds, such as Iris.
In the Classical period (ca. 480-400 BCE), she is very fashionable and is often shown dedicating armor and weapons, pouring libations over altars, or bestowing garlands on athletes and warriors. She is sometimes a charioteer in more complex figural schemes, often for Athena.
She is present in numismatic iconography -- on coins -- from the beginning of the fifth century BCE. In sculpture, she shows up as an akroterion (roof sculpture) in the beginning of the sixth century BCE; her status as a favorite akroterion type in the Classical period, either alone or in veritable flocks, is unrivaled.
Our website shows how Nike's influence began, the affect
popular goddess had on the hearts and minds of the ancient Greeks,
and the continued use of her power and imagery in our contemporary,
fast-paced, competitive society.
Nike transformed the world of ancient Greek art. Our top quality
programme will raise her profile, help people worldwide understand where she
came from, and how she remains such an important part of our lives.
Using a series of world-class virtual models, produced by project leader John Goodinson, along with the latest research provided by a team of top archaeologists, historians, and other academics, Our website delivers an elite educational experience that surpasses traditional broadcast expectations. Nike and her origins has a thrilling story to tell - a nuanced, unexpected view of Nike that will capture the imagination of the adventurous, the skeptical, and the curious.
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