Nike was the goddess of victory, Greco-Roman. She was depicted as a winged messenger bringing the laurel wreath to the victor of battle. This deity was of Greek origin, appearing in Hesiod’s Theogony, later adopted by the Romans and worshipped extensively throughout Asia Minor, including Sardis. In other descriptions of this deity, Athena carries Nike as a small winged figure. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 183