Daedalus and Icarus (concluded)

Puer Īcarus ūnā stābat et mīrum patris opus vidēbat. Postquam manus ultima ālīs imposita est, Daedalus eās temptāvit et similis avī in aurās volāvit. Tum ālās umerīs fīlī adligāvit et docuit eum volāre et dīxit, “Tē vetō, mī fīlī, adpropinquāre aut sōlī aut marī. Sī fluctibus adpropinquāveris, aqua ālīs tuīs nocēbit, et sī sōlī adpropinquāveris, ignis eās cremābit.” Tum pater et filius iter difficile incipiunt. Ālās movent et aurae sēsē committunt. Sed stultus puer verbīs patris nōn pāret. Sōlī adpropinquat. Ālae cremantur et Īcarus in mare dēcidit et vitam āmittit. Daedalus autem sine ūllō perīculō trāns fluctūs ad īnsulam Siciliam volāvit. (Beginner’s Guide to Latin)

Icarus was standing at the same place and looking at the amazing work of his father. After the finishing touch was applied, Daedalus tested the wings and flew in the air like a bird. Then he fastened the wings to his son’s shoulders, taught him how to fly, and said, “I forbid you, my son, to fly too close to sun or sea. If you come too close to a wave, the water will destroy your wings, and if you come too close to the sun, the heat will burn your wings.” Then father and son began a difficult journey. They flapped their wings and committed themselves to the sky. But the foolish boy did not obey the words of his father. He came too close to the sun. In consequence, his wings were destroyed and Icarus fell into the sea and lost his life. Daedalus flew across the waves to the island of Sicily without any danger.

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