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The Legend of Icarus
Although the pictorial image of a mythical human flight may appear on vase-painting much earlier, the literary accounts of the escape of Daedalus and Icarus from the Labyrinth of Crete are all surprisingly late: we have nothing earlier than the end of the 1st century bc. Ovid’s account in the Metamorphoses (VIII 182 ff) is the fullest, and it is closely related to that in Hyginus’s Fabulae. An older version of the story, however, is probably represented by that recounted in Pausanias (Description of Greece, IX.11) in which Daedalus whom King Minos of Crete had imprisoned together with his son Icarus in the Labyrinth (designed by Daedalus himself at Minos’s command), escapes not by airborne flight, but by a boat rigged with his newly-invented sails which were able to outrun the oar-powered ships of Minos. Daedalus fared well, but Icarus who did not properly understand how to control his sails, capsized and drowned in the sea near Lebinthos (Levitha, 40km west of Kalymnos). His body was washed by the storm to Ikari­a where, in other accounts, it was later found and buried by Hercules.
    Ovid’s version—more romantic and far better known—has theenious Daedalus make wings of wax and feathers for the escape. Before embarking Daedalus advises his son, in model Greek fashion, to fly always at a reasonable level, neither too low, where humidity might weigh down the feathers, nor too high where the sun might melt the binding wax. Once out of danger, Icarus began—in a natural and understandable delight at being airborne—to fly higher and higher, provoking the inevitable consequences foreseen by his father. Calling out to his father, Icarus falls into the sea and drowns, leaving Daedalus to bury his son’s body ashore on the island which, as Ovid says, has ever since conserved his name. Ovid’s account is vivid and moving: its details inspired Breughel’s masterpiece of 1569, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus; and the painting in turn inspired W.H. Auden’s beautiful poem, written around 1932, ‘Musee des Beaux Arts, Brussels’ (where the picture is still to be seen), which begins with the lines: About suffering they were never wrong, / The Old Masters....


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The legend of Icarus.


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access

Ikaria Island, Greece.

By air: Ikaria now has a small airport at the eastern tip of the island, connected to Athens by a mid-afternoon flight every day, except on Mondays: an airport transfer bus connects flights with Ag. Kirykos 11 km away.
By boat: Ferries between Piraeus and Samos serve both of the island"s two ports – Evdilos, on the north coast, almost daily, by either fast boat (5 hours, summer only, from Piraeus) or slow (8-9 hours, year-round); and Aghios Kirykos, on the south coast, with 3 connections a week on the Samos-Piraeus route.
The F/B Samos Spirit also stops at Ag. Kirykos on its way between Samos and Fourni 3 times a week;
and in the summer there are fast, Flying Dolphin hydrofoil connections (1 hour) to and from Pythagoreio on Samos, 4 times weekly, dropping to 2 weekly for the half-season months of April, May, September and October.
Caïques leave Ag.Kirykos most afternoons during the summer for Fourni, and on Mon, Wed and Fri for Manganitis and Karkinagri, at the western extremity of the island.

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eating

Ikaria Island, Greece.

For a variety of local and traditional dishes always freshly prepared, Christos Chazàlas"s Taverna "To tzaki", in Glaredo (2 km west of Aghios Kirykos) is much to be recommended; in Aghios Kirykos itself, the tiny Taverna Klimataria, under a vine pergola, a couple of blocks in from the harbour, serves good soups and oven dishes, and is justly favoured by locals for its good value. There are several good tavernas at Kato Raches overlook the site at Nas: Taverna "O Nas" has the best view, but the food is more imaginative and homemade in character at Anna"s Taverna. In Karkinagri, the fresh fish is generally excellent at Perkas Restaurant.

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lodging

Ikaria Island, Greece.

The island’s nicest hotels are not to be found in either of the ports.
At Therma, the Agriolykos Pension (T. 22433 & 22383; www.island-Ikaria. com/hotels/agriolykos.asp), very quiet and set in a delight ful garden of tamarisks with wide views, is at the top of a flight of steps above the north end of the bay. Rooms are small and simple, but have air conditioning. (Note: access is only by foot, and bags will need to be carried up to the hotel.)
In Therma town, the Anthemis Hotel (T. 22750 23156 & 23377) is simple with adequate rooms, and has helpful and friendly owners. Both hotels are inexpensive.
The island’s smarter hotels are mostly in the area of Armenistìs: the Hotel Erofili Beach (T. 22750 71058-9; www.erofili.gr : upper price range) has large, comfortable, and well appointed rooms overlooking the sea front and the pool: it is a good hotel, but the breakfast is somewhat disappointing and the reception decidedly cool.
Just outside Armenistìs, on the way to Nas is the charming Hotel Daidalos (T. 22750 71390-2), looking west out to sea:
next door to it, and of equivalent standard but more old-fashioned, is the Cavos Bay Hotel (T. 22750 71381-3; www.cavosbay.com.gr ). Both of the above are in the medium price range. Those seeking real peace and quiet might explore Tzamoudakis Rooms in remote Karkinagri (T. 22750 91217 & 91327).

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practical info

Ikaria Island, Greece.

83 000
Ikaría: area 255 sq.km;
perimeter 107 km;
resident population 8354;
maximum altitude 1037 m.
Port Authorities: Aghios Kirykos T. 22750 22207,
                           Evdilos T. 22750 31007.
Travel and information: Municipality of Aghios Kirykos T. 22750 24047;
Nas Travel, T. 22750 71396.
www.island-Ikaria.com

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