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Icarus/ Ίκαρος and his father Daedalus/ Δαίδαλος the famous Greek [Athenian] architect and inventor were invited by King Minos of Crete in order to prepare a prison for the son of Minos' wife Μινώταυρος and guarantee that would not be able to escape and place at risk the Minos reign. Daedalus delivered the Labyrinth/ Λαβύρινθος that even Daedalus could not escape from it. King Minos feared that Daedalus could reveal his secret and instead of letting them free kept them under his surveillance and custody. Daedalus prepared two pairs of wings for their escape consisted of bird's feathers and wax. He instructed Icarus to avoid flying too close to the sun or too close to the sea for a safe flight. Unfortunately Icarus did not fly as instructed and when he was too close to the sun he lost the feathers of his wings and as result he went down to the sea near by an island that bears his name ever since. The island's name is Icaria/ Ικαρία and the sea is called Icarian sea/ Ικάριον Πέλαγος. The myth has at least three levels of reading from the simple one of disobeying to instructions of those who know better is dangerous, the second is that someone may not be careless about powers/ dangers not evaluated properly and the third the ways of an initiated person have a great risk of failure that sometimes the result is death. The flight of Icarus could be interpreted as a lesson in the value of moderation. The danger in flying "too high" (i.e. melting of the wax wings) or in flying "too low" (i.e. weighting down the wings by sea-water spray) were advocations for one to respect one's limits and to act accordingly.

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How does Brueghel's interpretation of the story of Icarus differ from Ovid's story of Icarus?

Ovid explains that the people on the coast watched Icarus fall, but the people ignore Icarus in the painting.

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He flies to close to sun or ocean and his wax wings melts and he drowns. [APEX]

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Daedalus. Icarus is a throw-away character.

How are Brueghel's painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and Ovid's "The Story of Daedalus and Icarus" similar?

Both show Icarus drowning after the wax holding his wings together has melted. [APEX]

How old is Icarus?

The story of Icarus is over 5000 years old. The story has a strong moral directed to the foolishness of youth.

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What is the moral of the story the flight of Icarus?

The moral of the story of the Flight of Icarus is simple. Taking risks without weighing the consequences can end in disaster.

What is the point of view of the story of Daedalus and icarus?

The point of view is for Daedalus and Icarus to escape. -Rosie

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What is the climax in the story of Daedalus and Icarus?

That would probably be the moment when Icarus started flying closer to the sun.

What is the moral lesson of the flight of icarus story?

The "Flight of Icarus" is a warning about the dangers of over-ambition. Icarus flies higher than his abilities justify and he is destroyed.

What is the settings of The Flight of Icarus?

When I read the story in the springboard book at school it was called Icarus and Daedalus but i think its the same story anyways the setting was the island of Crete.

For what is Icarus remembered?

The story of Icarus tells of a man and his son who wanted to fly. they fashioned wings with feathers in wax. Icarus flew too close to the sun. The wax melted and Icarus fell to his death.

Summary of the story the Flight of Icarus?

Icarus and his father Daedalus escaped from prison and flew away from crete. But Icarus did not listen to his father, and flew too close to the sun.

What is the plot of the story of Icarus?

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What was the resolution in the story DAEDALUS AND ICARUS?

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What is the conclusion of the story icarus and Daedalus?

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Who are the characters in the story the flight of icarus?

Daedulus, Icarus, king minos, talus, pasiphe, minotour, thesus, adriane, king cocalus, and king cocalus' daughter

What gods are there in the flight of Icarus?

The story of icarus only has two characters in it. They are banished to an island, so it is just father and son. Icarus is the son, and the father's name is daedalus. You can find this text to the story online if you search it. It is about icarus flying with wax wings too close to the son, because he did not heed his father's warning.

Where does the story Daedalus and icarus take place?

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What is the plot of Daedalus and Icarus?

The plot is much like the moral of the story. The moral/plot of the story Icarus and Daedalus is always listen to your parents, teachers, or boss. Basically listen to directions.

Characters of the story of Daedalus and Icarus?

Minos, King of Crete, Pasiphaë, his wife, Minotaur, the monster, Daedalus, the inventor, Icarus, son of Daedalus.

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What are the morals or values of the story Daedalus and Icarus?

what the values are implicated in this story of the daedalus and icarusThe basic concept of the story is that hubris is a bad thing. To another level, it could be said that the subtext is that you should always heed the advice of your elders, particularly your parents.