|Icarus, from the Four Disgracers, Hendrick Goltzius, 1588|
|I created a lesson on TpT based on the Icarus myth.|
The story has an allure because it's easy to relate to Icarus's lust for risk. It's why teenagers hang onto the bars on the back car of subway trains. The flip side to Icarus's disdain for limits is, of course, his father Daedalus's forceful, "No. Don't fly too close to the sun, son." It makes for engaging classroom discussions. If you are a teacher, try it out.
There are many versions of the tale. The internet is legion for various versions of out-of-copyright stories. I suggest J.F. Bierlein's translation in his compilation Parallel Myths. It's lean and to the point without eliminating the essential thrust of the story.
Parallel Myths by J.F. Bierlein