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Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Nike was a goddess who personified victory, also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory. The Roman equivalent was Victoria. Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas (Titan) and Styx (Water) and the sister of Cratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal). Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older deities. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame.

In the God of War Series

Nike GOW 1

A statue of Nike in Attica.

Though Nike herself is absent in the games; statues, paintings, and carvings of her can be sighted.

God of War: Chains of Olympus

statue of Nike can be seen on one of the rooftops of Attica

God of War II

While in the Temple of Lahkesis, Kratos reaches a small courtyard with an elevator, on the wall above is a carving of Nike. The elevator leads down to the chains of the Steeds of Time.

God of War III

Trivia

  • Though she makes no appearance in the games it is possible that she has graced Kratos' victories in battles on all the games and comic books. Including Kratos' victory over Zeus and Olympus. Ironically in mythology she was the sister of Cratos (Strength).

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