The story of Icarus is a much puzzled out, referenced, and popular theme. It’s also been misinterpreted, and misquoted sever hundred times, throughout modern culture. The Greek myth has also been told more realistically, several times, in order to somehow make the story seem more practical, and less of a moral human treatise, usually by Greek philosophers. Icarus was the son of Daedalus, who had been exiled to Crete, and was also the prisoner of the wicked King Minus, the same who had the Labyrinth built as a home to the fearsome Minotaur. It was Daedalus who had constructed the Labyrinth; he was skilled enough to have composed the brilliant, and ultimately foreboding structure that was to be the death of many.
Because of his aid in assisting King Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, to allow the hero Theseus to escape the maze, and the Minotaur, King Minos exiled and imprisoned him. Daedalus wanted to escape from Crete, and enlisted his son Icarus to help. With the help of Icarus, Daedalus composed an elaborate plan of escape from Crete. Then, the master craftsman and his son began to construct wings made of wax. The idea, was that they would fly, literally, from Daedalus’ place of exile and from the tyranny of King Minos. When their efforts were complete, Daedalus had successfully made two pairs of waxen wings for both himself, and his son. Then Daedalus stridently warned Icarus not to fly to close to the sun.
The two took off, like great strange birds from their high windows, and flew over the sea, from Crete. While flying, Icarus was overcome by the joy and divine feeling of flight. Despite his father’s warning, Icarus allowed himself to drift higher, and higher towards the sun. His wings began to melt, and soon, there were nothing; Icarus fell and tumbled into the waters, that would later be the Icarian Sea. The island nearby is also named “Icaria” for Icarus’ perilous flight.