Ikarus meaning and name origin
In Greek mythology, Icarus (Ancient Greek: Ἴκαρος, Íkaros, Etruscan: Vikare) is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. Often depicted in art, Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus's father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea's dampness would not clog his wings or the sun's heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun, whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea.
Icarus' father Daedalus, a very talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos's daughter, Ariadne, a clew(or ball of string) in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur. Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before trying to escape the island, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared into the sky, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which due to the heat melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos
Ikarus is competent, practical, and obtains great power and wealth. He tends to be successful in business and commercial affairs, and is able to achieve great material dreams. Because they often focus so strongly on business and achievement, they may neglect their private lives and relationships.
Ikarus's story & photo gallery
Ikarus was rescued from a neglectful owner in Chania and brought to the Sanctuary by Jenny & Vincent who lived nearby and were feeding & caring for him, they called him Trevor. His new name is Ikarus, all of our donkeys are given ancient Greek names. He has beautiful colouring and the hugest ears! We think Ikarus is aged arund 20 years, maybe more. He is still very thin and has bad teeth which make eating and digesting his food very difficult. He is now on medications for bouts of diarrhea. Despite all this, he is such a sweet donkey with a very loving and affectionate nature. He loves the attention and all the donkeys!
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