08_14 - 4. Daedalus intellegit mare plumas humectare....

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Work File 08.14 Daedalus and Icarus The story of Daedalus is a story of highest Greek thought: Meden Agan, which is the golden mean in Latin. Daedalus had been taught by Minerva. He was a famous artist, architect, sculptor. He can be called 'the father of all inventors'. On Crete, he built the great labyrinth for king Minos. Afterwards, however, he lost the favor of the king, and was hurled into a prison with his son Icarus. He knew that they were neither able to flee by sea or land, but he also understood that the king was not able to stop their escape through the sky. Accordingly, he undertook a plan; he diligently watched the wings of the birds, and, imitating the wings of gulls, he placed a feather on a curved wing and attached them with wax. 1. Alis factis, Daedalus volare paravit. The wings having been made, Daedalus prepared for flying. 2. Filio timens, Daedalus Icarum monuit, Fearing for his son, Daedalus told Icarus 3. "Vola post me; specta me; fac sicut facio!" “Fly next to me; watch me; do as I do!”
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Unformatted text preview: 4. Daedalus intellegit mare plumas humectare. Daedalus knows that the sea will make the feathers wet. 5. Etiam Daedalus intellegit solem ceram liquefacere. Also Daedalus knows that the Sun will melt the wax. 6. Ergo: Via media erat sola via! Therefore: The middle way was the only way. 7. Piscator, pastor, et agricola Daedalum et Icarum viderunt. A fishermen, a shepherd, and a farmer saw Daedalus and Icarus. 8. Hi homines clamaverunt, "Sunt dei! Homines volare non possunt!" People shouted, "They are gods! Humans can't fly! At first Icarus obeyed his father; then, filled with delight and overcome with pride on account of his own new skill, he no longer observed his father. Alas. The hot sun was very powerful, and the wings of Icarus fell into the sea. Then--Icarus! The wretched father says, 'I am no longer a father.' Daedalus could not find his son who was devoured in the waves. That sea is now called the Icarian Sea....
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