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Daedalus and Icarus

The story of Daedalus and Icarus using pictures, Latin, and English translations of the story.
by Jordan Blum on 20 November 2012

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Transcript of Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus and Icarus Lines 183 - 235 Book 8 Line 183 - 202 Translation of Lines 183 - 202 Daedalus in the meantime, hating Crete and his long exile
and having been touched by the love of his birthplace,
had been closed in by the sea. He says, "Although Minos obstructs
the land and waves, the sky at least lies open; we will fly that way.
Minos may possess everything, but he does not possess the air."
He spoke and sends down his mind into unknown arts
and changes his nature. For he puts feathers in a row
beginning with the littlest, and followed the long by the shorter,
so that you may think that it has grown on an incline; in this way sometimes
a countryman's pipe gradually builds up with reeds of different lengths.
Then he binds the middle feathers with thread and the lower feathers with wax
and then bends what he has created as
to mimic that of a true bird. Together with his father, the boy Icarus
was standing unaware he was facing danger,
now with a beaming face kept on capturing the feathers
which the moving air has moved, with his thumb now kept softening the yellow wax
and with his play he kept interrupting the marvelous work of his father.
After the finishing touch had been placed
on the work, the craftsman balanced his body
in twin wings and suspended his body in the open air; Breakdown of Lines 183 - 202 In the beginning of the story, Daedalus and Icarus both wanted to leave Crete after creating the Labyrinth for the Minotaur.

They were unable to leave but they decided to try and use the sky.

Daedalus used his craftsmanship and created wings for his son Icarus and himself. instruit et nātum "mediō" que "ut līmite currās,
Īcare," ait "moneō, nē, sī dēmissior ībīs,
unda gravet pennās, sī celsior, ignis adūrat:
inter utrumque volā. nec tē spectāre Boōten
aut Helicen iubeō strictumque Orīonis ensem:
mē duce carpe viam!" pariter praecepta volandī
tradit et ignōtās umerīs accommodat ālās.
inter opus monitūsque genae maduēre senīlēs,
et patriae tremuēre manūs; dedit oscula nātō
nōn iterum repetenda suō pennīsque levātus
ante volat comitīque timet, velut āles, ab altō
quae teneram prolem prōduxit in āera nīdō,
hortāturque sequī damnōsāsque ērudit artēs
et movet ipse suās et nātī respicit ālās.
hōs aliquis tremulā dum captat harundine piscēs, condidit, et tellūs ā nōmine dicta sepultī. Lines 203 - 235 "I warn you to travel in the middle course, Icarus, if too low the waves may weigh down your wings, if you fly too high the fires will scorch your wings. Stay between both. I order you not to look at Boötes, or Helice, or the drawn sword of Orion. Seize the road with me as your leader!" He hands over at the same time the rules of flying and fits the unknown wings on his shoulders. Between the work and warnings the old cheeks grew wet, and his fatherly hands trembled; He gave kisses to his son not to be repeated, and having lifted himself up on his wings he flies before and he fears for his comrade. Just as a bird who has led forth a tender offspring from a high nest into the air, and encourages [him] to follow and instructs [him] in the destructive arts and he moves himself and looks back at the wings of his son. Someone while catching fish with a trembling rod either a shepherd leaning on his staff or a plowman on a plow saw these and was stunned, and they who were able to snatch the sky, he believed were gods. And now Juno's Samos was on the left side (for Delos and Paros had been left behind) and on the right was Lebynthos and Kalymnos rich in honey, when the boy began to rejoice in his bold flight and deserted his leader, and attracted by a desire for the sky he took his path higher. The vicinity of the sun softens the fragrant wax, the chains of the feathers; the waxes had melted: he shakes his bare arms and lacking oarage he takes up no air, and his face shouting his father's name is swept up in the blue sea, which takes its name from him. But the unlucky father, no longer a father, said "Icarus!" "Icarus!" "where are you? In what region shall I seek you?" "Icarus!" he kept saying: he caught sight of feathers in the waves and cursed his own arts and buried the body in a tomb, and the land is called Icaria the name of the one buried there
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