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|"Bellona is a subordinate being, who, even by her appearance and deportment, betrays her inferior standing. In her wild aspect, no quiet look discloses the divine spark of inward wisdom, or inventive genius. Her glaring eye darts rage and fury; her figure is not graced with that nobility of air in which the ruler of battles, and the august guide of the heroes is to be recognised ; her headlong impetuosity, her cruel desire of murder and devastation, discover the worthy companion of Discord, as well as the ferocious driver of the snorting coursers of Mars."
"Victory, called by the Greeks Nike, was honoured as a deity by the Grecians. Hesiod says, she was the daughter of Styx and Pallas. The Sabines called her Vacuna; from this name came the feast which the ancients called Vacunalia. Plutarch asserts, that the Egyptians called Victory Napthe. She was an attendant of Mars.
"The goddess Victory had several temples at Rome. Her figure is to be met with upon a great many monuments, marbles, gems, and medals. She is generally represented with wings, holding a branch of a palmtree in one hand, and a crown of laurel in the other. We see her sometimes mounted upon a globe, to show that Victory rules over all the earth: we meet with them upon the medals of the emperors, to signify that they have conquered all the world, and that all nations are subject to their government. Victory, though very rarely, is likewise found without wings, writing upon a shield, supported by a pillar, and holding her left foot upon a helmet. The Greeks pictured her sometimes in that manner, and called her Apteros, which signifies without wings. Pusanias says, that there was at Athens a Victory which had no wing, and that Calamis the sculptor took a copy of it. The Athenians made her without wings, says the same author, that she might continue with them, and not fly away any where else. To the same purpose we meet with two verses in the Anthologia Graeca, which were put upon a statue of Victory, whose wings were burnt by a flash of lightning. The sense of the verses is this. Rome, queen of the world, thy glory can never perish, since unwinged victory cannot fly away."