Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

November 14, 2015 at 9:54 am 10 comments

Winged Victory of Samothrace
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
I took this picture of the marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike. Dating as far back as 2 BC, it’s displayed at the Louvre in Paris. It’s also known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace where it was found in 1863. Despite losing its head and arms, it’s still a thing of beauty and attracts a huge crowd.

Life is a struggle. It’s just the way it is. You have to learn to fight tooth and claw to survive. Every difficulty surmounted is a triumph of the spirit. The greater the challenge, the higher you soar. It must be for this reason that the Greek goddess Nike had wings. She was meant to inspire the ancient Greeks to greater heights.

Many historians have speculated about the purpose of the statue. According to one school of thought, it was commissioned to commemorate the defeat of King Perseus by the Romans in 166 BC in the island of Samothrace. But nobody really knows.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mukul chand  |  November 14, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Great Post

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 14, 2015 at 1:17 pm


      thank you for stopping by. :_

  • 4. Leya  |  November 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I love this statue – even if we do not know its whole story…I like to stand still, just watching it. It doesn’t let itself easily to a photograph. You have done well.

    • 5. plaridel  |  November 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm


      it’s one of my favorites. thank you. 🙂

  • 6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory  |  November 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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  • 7. Tina Schell  |  November 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    How appropriate that it is in Paris, no? Well chosen.

    • 8. plaridel  |  November 17, 2015 at 11:00 am


      glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 9. patriciaruthsusan  |  November 15, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Even a picture which doesn’t do it justice is lovely Well done, Plaridel.

    • 10. plaridel  |  November 17, 2015 at 11:00 am


      one of the best. 🙂


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