Voice of Pocklington Youth: Icarus tale has a modern message

Caitlin England
Caitlin England
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Our story starts in the Greek city of Athens with an inventor who goes by the name of Daedalus.

Daedalus was a highly respected architect, sculpture, and inventor. He worked mostly with his nephew and apprentice, Talus.

One day, Talus was talking to his Uncle Daedalus about an idea to invent the saw after studying the way a snake uses its jaws. Daedalus had gotten so used to being the best inventor around and didn’t like the idea of being second-best to his nephew. So, in a sudden fit of jealousy, he threw Talus off of the Acropolis.

As punishment for his crime, Daedalus was exiled to the island of Crete to serve under the ruthless King Minos. He soon had a son with the beautiful Naucrate (a servant of the king) and they named him Icarus.

Read Caitlin’s full article in tomorrow’s (20 March) Pocklington Post.