Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace

Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace, Lartos marble (ship) and Parian marble (figure), c. 190 B.C.E. 3.28 m high, Hellenistic Period (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

The sculpture was unearthed in 1863 after its discovery under the direction of Charles Champoiseau​, the French Vice-Consul to Turkey. Please note that the theoretical reconstruction of the Nike as a trumpeter mentioned in the video has been largely abandoned; the monument is now thought to have been part of a fountain possibly commemorating a naval victory.

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace," in Smarthistory, November 21, 2015, accessed February 20, 2019,