Icarus by Holley Bakich
The artist, architect, and engineer Daedalus, along with his son, Icarus, had been imprisoned by King Minos of Crete. To escape, they had to cross the sea to mainland Greece. Daedalus fashioned wings of feathers held together by wax for the two of them to wear so they could fly across the expanse. He told Icarus to fly neither too high nor too low, because the Sun would melt the wax or the ocean's humidity would weigh down the feathers. Icarus delighted too much in the flight, however, and flew too near the Sun, melting his wings and causing him to fall to his death in the sea (now called the Icarian Sea). This story forms the basis of the phrase, “take the middle path.”