Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus and Icarus

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  • I can't believe you freed Theseus! You are to be imprisoned in the Labyrinth!"
  • "Daedalus envied his nephew's superior inventiveness...he pushed Perdix off the roof. For this, Daedalus was tried on the Areopagus by a council of elders and condemned to exile for the crime of murder. Athena saved Perdix from death. Clothing his arms in feathers while he was still in midair, she changed him into a partridge." p.148
  • Now we cn escape!
  • Woah! I have wings!
  • "Daedalus took refuge with King Minos on the island of Crete. Even though he came as an outcast, Minos treated him with great respect because he was an inventor-a valuable addition to the royal household...Pasiphaë, Mino's queen, fell in love with the Cretan Bull, Daedalus agreed to help her...by constructing a lifelike wooden cow. Daedalus constructed the Labyrinth." p.149
  • Now, son, don't fly too high!
  • Sure thing, Dad!
  • "Daedalus agreed to help Minos's daughter Ariadne save Theseus's life by showing her how Theseus could emerge safely from the Labyrinth...When Minos learned of Theseus's escape, he blamed Daedalus. As punishment, he imprisoned Daedalus and his young son, Icarus, in the Labyrinth. However, Pasiphaë, remembering Daedalus's helpfulness, secretly unchained the father and son. Imprisonment made Daedalus weary of Crete and his long exile." p.149
  • Icarus! No!
  • "The anatomy of their wings provided him with necessary inspiration. Copying the designs of nature, Daedalus arranged a row of feathers...When Daedalus finished his invention, he fitted one pair of wings upon himself, and then his son Icarus." p. 149
  • "'You must follow a course that is midway between the earth and sky. If you fly too low, the waves will soak your dragging feathers and make them too heavy. If you fly too high, the sun will scorch your feathers and melt their wax.'" p. 149
  • "In his eagerness to reach the sky, he boldly deserted his guide and soared higher and higher until he approached shining Helius's chariot. The sun's heat dissolved the wax that bound his feathers together...'Oh, father! Father! I am finished!' He cried, as he tumbled down to the sea." p. 150
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