Icarus

Son of Daedalus

Icarus, Daedalus, and Talus

Icarus's father, Daedalus, was a resident of Athens and a great inventor. Icarus's cousin, Talus, became Daedalus's apprentice at a young age. However, Daedalus soon became jealous of Talus's skills, so he killed him. Because of that, Daedalus and Icarus were sent away from Athens to Crete.

In Crete

In Crete, Daedalus was given the job of building a place to keep the Minotaur, a monster who was half-man, half-bull. He designed the labyrinth that King Minos, the king of Crete, immediately accepted. However, King Minos would not let Daedalus leave Crete after that, and he locked Daedalus and his son in prison.

Escaping Prison

Daedalus, not wanting to stay in prison forever, quickly came up with a plan to escape. Using feathers and wax, he created two pairs of wings for himself and his son. Before they escaped, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or too close to the ocean.

Icarus's Death

As Icarus and Daedalus were flying, Icarus began to fly higher and higher. Before Daedalus could stop him, he flew too close to the sun. The wax holding his wings together melted, and he fell to his death in the Ocean. Daedalus sadly flew safely to Sicily.
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