Ovid on Daedalus and Icarus

Ovid tells the myth of Daedalus and Icarus as about the transmission of knowledge: Daedalus figures out how to fly, gives the fruits of his insight to Icarus, but then adds one note of warning: keep to the middle course. Icarus, of course, doesn’t. In the same way, the insights of the master are pushed to the extreme by his students, which end up destroying both the student and the insight he was given. This destruction arises from wanting to fly too close to the sun – i.e. to make things more clear, manifest, and put forth in the light of day.


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