Monday, 16 September 2013

The Boy Who Flew Too High

This is a myth about a boy who flew too high:

The myth of how Daedalus made wings out of feathers and wax and flew away from imprisonment by King Minos on the island of Crete. His son Icarus ignored his warnings and flew too close to the sun.

Have you ever heard of a half man-half bull called the Minotaur?
Well this is a strange and terrible beast that lives in a deep and dark Labyrinth on the island of Crete. Well you may remember that the Labyrinth was created by the cunning and ingenious mind of Daedalus.

Daedalus was a brilliant architect and inventor. He was so brilliant that king Minos didn’t want him to go back home to Athens. Instead king Minos kept him in prison and lived in his tower with his son Icarus and invented new weapons for his war and navy.

Even if Daedalus and Icarus had every comfort that they could ask for the father would still longed to return home to Athens. His son hardly remembered his home city, but he too wanted to leave, because he longed to run and play in the open, rather than be in a tower all day.

Daedalus looked out over the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, and he realised that even if they could manage to slip out of the tower and find a little boat, they wouldn’t  be able to sail very far before they were spotted and caught by one of the ships of King Minos’s navy.

The End.

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