Icarus is referenced in a framed picture on the wall on the first page of the text (p. 11).
In Greek mythology, Icarus (the Latin spelling, conventionally adopted in English; 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' 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, when the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. This tragic theme of failure at the hands of hubris contains similarities to that of Phaëthon. (Source: Wikipedia)
Jacob Peter Gowy's The flight of Icarus.
Oresteia - summary
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Fathers and Sons (Russian: Отцы и дети Ottsy i dety, IPA: [ɐˈtsɨ i ˈdʲetʲi]; archaic spelling Отцы и дѣти), also translated more literally as Fathers and Children, is an 1862 novel by Ivan Turgenev, and vies with A Nest of Gentlefolk for the repute of being his best novel. (Source: Wikipedia)
Gilbert and Sullivan - comic opera
Russell's grandfather, who was prime minister, sings "For he is an Englishman" from the comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, "H.M.S. Pinafore". Here are the lyrics to the song.
The Battle of the Greek Tragedies
The world of modern theater owes its roots to the tragedians of Ancient Greece. As far back as the 5th Century BCE, actors and playwrights were entertaining the masses with intriguing stories. Melanie Sirof unveils the ancient theatrical innovations that made the way for Broadway.
Oresteia: Eumenides (The Furies) by Aeschylus
The World Turtle (also referred to as the Cosmic Turtle, the World-Bearing Turtle, or the Divine Turtle) is a mytheme of a giant turtle (or tortoise) supporting or containing the world. The mytheme, which is similar to that of the World Elephant and World Serpent, occurs in Chinese mythology and the mythology of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. (Source: Wikipedia)
An 1876 drawing of the world supported on the backs of four elephants, themselves resting on the back of a turtle. (Source: Wikipedia)