Feathered wings on Ikaria?

Finishing up a splendid 2 week vacation on the Greek island of Ikaria (2nd time here), which is simply an enchanted – but very unusual – place.

Tradition has it that Icarus, the son of Daedalus (who created the Labyrinth for Minos), when the two escaped from Crete using wings that Daedalus created, Icarus flew too close to the sun, and he plummeted into the sea near this island – and was buried here. I despite looking all over, I did not see any evidence of his wings…

On the other hand, although there are surprisingly few birds on the island (wonder if this is due to hunting?), I did get to see a very nice Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo – sometimes known as the “Great Cormorant”) sitting on a rock right near the house we were staying in – so I imagined that perhaps those were how Daedalus’ wings looked like…

Cormorant on Ikaria


6 thoughts on “Feathered wings on Ikaria?

  1. Ioannis Vlachos

    Dear professor, I appreciated very much both your photo of …winged Ikaros and your commentary. Do you mind if I send them to some friends of mine in the island to reproduce them in a local magazine?
    Best regards from Arcadia, Greece


  2. Ioannis Vlachos

    The promised article about your visit to Ikaria in a local publication is just released. Tell me please the exact address where to send it. Naturally it is written in greek. If necessary I shall translate it in english. Also, could you please send me by e-mail your article about sea-peoples as pirates? In my recently released book “Homer and Lesbos” I focuse on the fact that Achilles is not a warrior but an typical pirate… Best regards. Ioannis-Andreas Vlachos


    1. arenmaeir

      Please send me your email and I’ll send you the articles (they can also be found on my academia.edu page).
      Needless to say, I’d be happy to receive a copy of the article on Ikaria.


      1. Ioannis-Andreas VLACHOS

        Good morning! I couldnt find on academia.edu to that precise article (Philistines as pirates), mentionned elsewhere by yourself.
        My email is: ian.vlachos@gmail.com. Dont’ forget, please, to write me to which address to send by post the article (published last month in the Ikarian bulletin Nostos)?
        You will find an english traduction with it.
        Best regards


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