Name that Classical Connection (4)
I expect this one to be answered within three hours. I intend in the future to tax your brain (and mine).
AND THE WINNER IS: Vickey Alvear Schecter.
Dan Hillard weighed in.
William Glover gave us the name “Athena Nike.”
Jordan Harbour gave us the name in Greek, “Αθηνάς Νίκης”
What does Wikipedia say?
In Greek mythology, Nike (Greek: Νίκη, “Victory”, pronounced [nǐːkɛː]) 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 Kratos (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. Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena, and is thought to have stood in Athena’s outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Nike is one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek coins.
The photo left is The Winged Victory found in the Louvre, Paris. It is hard to take your eyes off it — isn’t it? Something made of stone that look like it is being swept away, standing in wind.
The Swoosh of the garments is almost the “swoosh” of the Nike symbol and its wings.
There is a secondary meaning, whether the company is named Nike or not is the impression of wings being on the shoe we have a reasonable recreation of Mercury’s Sandals.