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Icarus by Offering

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Icarus is a character in Greek Mythology, the son of Daedalus, and is known for his attempt to escape Crete by flight, which failed and fell to his death.

To escape Crete, Daedalus the Inventor built wings for himself and his son Icarus, warning him that the wax that held the feathers together would melt if he flew too close to the sun.

Flying, Icarus became more confident, and more confident, and flew higher, and the sun did indeed melt the wax, the wings disintegrated, and he plunged to his death into the sea.

Icarus’ flight was routinely alluded to by Greek poets in passing, but was told in a nutshell in Pseudo-Apollodorus, (Epitome of the Biblioteca).

Latin poets read the myth more philosophically, often linking Icarus analogically to artists. In the fifteenth century the famous Roman poet Ovid became the source for the myth as it was rediscovered and transformed as a vehicle for heroic audacity and the poet’s own aspirations, by Renaissance poets like Jacopo Sannazaro and Ariosto, as well as in Spain.

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Icarus, Offering, _PHOTOGRAPHY | Leave a comment