Daedalus and Icarus

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Daedalus is an Athenian craftsman, famous for his ability to invent and build things. Think Leonardo da Vinci, but with more powers.

Unfortunately, he also has a jealous streak. When his nephew (Talus) invents the saw, Daedalus realizes that the boy might be more talented than he is. Not good.

In a fit of jealousy, Daedalus throws Talos off the Acropolis, a tall monument in Athens. That'll teach him not to invent any more carpentry tools.

Some people say that Athena saw the boy falling, and transformed him into a partridge. But others argue that Talos died and that Daedalus tried to hide the murder by burying him. Well those are very different endings.

Either because he was feeling guilty or because he was
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They're completely blown away at the sight of two people flying in the air—they figure that Daedalus and Icarus might be gods, since no human has ever achieved flight before. What's up now, humans?

In all the excitement, Icarus forgets his father's warning and starts to fly higher.

Sure enough, he gets too close to the sun: the heat softens the wax, and his wings fall apart.

Icarus plummets into the sea, crying "Father, father!" on his way down. (We'll wait while you break out the tissues.)

Daedalus tries to save his son, but it's too late—he has drowned. The only thing Daedalus can find are feathers floating in the water.

For the first time ever, Daedalus curses his "art" (i.e., his crafting skills). That's what got him into this mess to begin with.

Daedalus names the part of the ocean where Icarus fell the "Icarian Sea." A nice honor for a not-so-well-behaved boy.

Still mourning, Daedalus flies onward to the Italian island of Sicily. When he gets there, he performs funeral rites for his son (these were super important back then). Oh, and according to Ovid, a partridge watches Daedalus as he does all this. This is no ordinary partridge, but Talos, the nephew that Daedalus once tried to murder.

Next, Daedalus constructs a temple to Apollo (NBD), where he hangs his wings.

While living in Sicily, Daedalus strikes up a friendship with King Cocalus, the ruler of

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