While on the island of Crete, at the palace of Minos, Daedalus married a slave of Minos called Naucrate. Together they had a son with the name Icarus.
But soon, the family's happiness would turn into tragedy...
It all started when the great hero Theseus arrived in Crete in order to kill the monster Minotaur in the labyrinth. Daedalus, the creator of the labyrinth, took pity on the hero and helped him get quickly out of the labyrinth. This way, Theseus managed to flee from Crete easily.
When king Minos found out, he got furious. Convinced that Daedalus was responsible, he punished the hero by imprisoning both him and his son Icarus in the labyrinth.
For days, Daedalus tried to find a way to escape, and one thing was sure: The gods may not have given him wings, but they had blessed him with a great mind!
So Daedalus constructed wings out of wax for him and his son and fastened the wings with glue on their shoulders.
Icarus was enthused over the beauty of the skies and couldn't wait for the moment to fly. But Daedalus was sceptical:
"Icarus, be careful, this journey is difficult!
Dont fly too high, or else the sun will melt your wings!
Dont fall too low, or else the sea will moisten your wings!"
But Icarus disregarded his father's warnings and flew higher and higher, up to the sky. Soon the glue melted and the young man plunged into the sea.
Ever since that day, the sea where Icarus fell into was named Icarian Sea and the nearby island was named Icaria to honor the hero.
Heartbroken, Daedalus fled to the island of Sicily in modern Italy. Soon, he visited Pisa, a region of Peloponnese, and erected a statue of Heracles to thank the hero.
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