Mythology Wednesday - Daedalus and Icarus!
Welcome to our second Mythology Wednesday! Every Wednesday, both Erika from Books, Stars, Writing, and Everything in Between and I will be summarizing a myth or legend that is relevant to the current book in our read-along!
Erika’s topic this week is Pan. Make sure to check it out! :)
Icarus and Daedalus
*Sings* Icarus is flyyyying to close to the sun
Ooh I really like this one!
Daedalus lived in Athens. He was known to be an amazing architect and inventor who could pretty much build anything. However, he was also really... how can I put it, proud? Basically he saw that one of his nephews was also super talented, and was afraid he may be even better than he was. He basically threw his nephew off the Acropolis... Anger management, much?
Either to hide or to escape grief, he went to Crete.
He ends up befriending the king of crete, Minos.
Somewhere in the meantime, the Minotaur is born. Happy birthday bull-man! To hide the Minotaur, Minos asks Daedalus to build a complex maze, so that the minotaur can never be found again. However, this monster still needs to be fed. Every 9 years, the king sends someone down in the maze to meet their fate.
After the whole Thesus story (which I wont’ talk about too much), in which Daedalus helps Thesus get out of the Maze, Minos gets mad at Daedalus because of it, and locks him and Icarus, his son, in a tower.
They needed a way to get out. Daedalus collects twine, feathers and wax, and builds giant wings out of them.
Before jumping out of the tower to escape, the wings strapped to their arms, Daedalus warns Icarus. “Do not fly too low, or the salty sea dampen the feathers. And do not fly too close to the sun, otherwise, the heat will melt the wax”. They flew perfectly. In his excitement, Icarus flew too close to the sun, softening the wax. The wings broke apart, and Icarus fell into the sea. (cry)
I hope you enjoyed this little greek mythology post! :D
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Have an amazing day!