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Fig 4.1 – Nike of Samothrace

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Nike of Samothrace, Winged Victory is an example of a great Greek sculpture discovered as the Axial Age ended around 200 BCE. Nike of Samothrace is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Hellenistic art and one of the most revered pieces in the Louvre in Paris symbolizing how the transition after Aristotle was unsteady, how humanity struggled to regain a sense of balance and equilibrium. Nike originally stood on a ship prow that had just landed, but the wind blew the goddess and she had difficulty staying steady and not falling overboard. Like the headless Nike, during this era, humanity often “lost its head,” falling overboard into dark and bloody military conquests, violent religious fanatical crusades, and a murderous inquisition.

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