Can anyone give me examples of hubris in Greek/Roman mythology? All I can really think of is Arachne and Athena.

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Mar 30, 2016

The tale of Icarus was what I first thought of!


I'd say that Icarus is a story that is most used when trying to teach students about Hubris. In the tale, Icarus' father, Daedalus, makes him wings made of wax so that they can fly off the island they're on, Crete. Instead of simply trying to get from Point A to Point B and be done with it, Icarus flies into the sky and gets too close to the sun. The sun melts his wings, and he plummets into the sea.

Because of Icarus' hubris (or excessive pride and ambition) he took his own life.

Jacob Peter Gowy's The Flight of Icarus.