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This is a story about a Greek hero, very talented man, to whom Gods were so favourable. But not only this helped him in many situations. Thanks to his capacities he had avoided many troubles. "Daedalus" can be translated from the Greek language as "skillful". But this word denotes not only its meaning; it refers to the famous in ancient and modern times person - Daedalus.

There are two versions of his parentage. And there is no possible way to find out which of them is the most corresponding to the truth one.
Born in Athens, he brought fame to this city with his skill of an architect and inventor. Daedalus organized a school in Athens to teach people his skills, but one day his pupil (his nephew as well) proved to be more talented and gifted than Daedalus was. So, this proud inhabitant of Athens threw his nephew down from the cliff Acropolis. After debates in the Council it was decided to condemn Daedalus to death.

The Gods were on his side and helped him to escape to Crete, where he was received by Minos, the King of Crete. Minos commissioned Daedalus to build a Labyrinth for keeping in it the Minotaur, a monster, half man and half bull. Some time before this Daedalus created a wooden cow for Pasiphae, wife of King Minos. With the help of this wooden cow Pasiphae gave birth to the Minotaur from the bull, devoted to Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Minos rewarded generously Daedalus for it and offered him to stay forever in Crete, but Daedalus declined this proposal. As he did so much for the King of Crete and because of it he was so dear for Minos, the latter prohibited any ships to take Daedalus on the board. In this situation Daedalus had nothing to do but to escape from Minos by means of wings, which he contrived of feathers stitched to ribs of willow glued with the wax. So our hero made a migration with his son Icarus from the Island Crete to the seaboard of Asia Minor, then to Sicily. One day Icarus wanted to show off and flew too close to the sun, the wax holding the feathers to the wings melted and Icarus fell into the sea and was drowned.

At that time Minos decided to find his favourite Daedalus. He took a shell of a triton with him and promised recompense to everybody who managed to thread a needle into the shell. He was absolutely sure that only Daedalus was capable to solve this problem. So, in his searches Minos came to a town in Sicily and offered to the King of this town to cope with this task. The King agreed as he hoped for the help of Daedalus who was on visit to him at that time. The master has bound the needle to an ant and let it into the mouth of the shell. From another side of the shell he made a whole and smeared it with honey. Honey was the bait for this ant. Having seen the result the King Minos understood that Daedalus was hiding in this town, so he demanded Daedalus's extradition. But in this story Gods, that always have their own ideas about one's life, meddled again with Daedal's lot. Daughters of the hospitable King liked Daedalus so much that they did not want to part with their favourite master, who made so many wonderful toys for them. So they found the way how to get rid of Minos. Daedalus made a chimney in the roof of the bath-house and when Minos was washing himself lots of boiling water was poured out onto him.

Nobody knows what has been Daedalus doing after this, maybe he opened an office for register the inventions.

Apollon / Heracles / Minos / Zeus


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