Daedalus was a master craftsman,inventor, and craftsman. He grew up in Athens and when the time to take an apprentice came, he chose his sister's son named Perdix. Perdix however, threatened to surppass Daedalus in skill, so he tossed him from the Acropolis in Athens. He then fled to Crete,where King Minos offered him a job to create the labryrith. When Thesus came to kill the Minotaur, he fell in love with Monis's daughter, Ariadne. Ariadne begged Daedalus to help Theseus. Daedalus gave Theseus Ariadne string, which when tied to the door of the labyrith, would guide Theseus out. When the Minotaur was killed and Theseus escaped, Minos had Daedalus imprisoned in a tower with his son, Icarus. Daedalus, who was a great inventor and builder, formulated a plan to escape the king. Daedalus could not escape by land nor by sea. The only way out was by sky. Daedalus created the Icarus Wings, which where strapped to the arms of his son and him. Upon escaping into the sky, Icarus disregarded his father’s warning and flew high into the air where the sun melted the wax holding the wings together. Icarus plunged into the sea and died. Daedalus arrived in Sicily and built a temple to Apollo, where he sacrificed his wings to the god. King Minos devised a way to find Daedalus. Every time he visited a city, King Minos would tell the city's king of a reward to whomever could thread a piece a string through a seashell. When he came to King Cocalus's court, where Daedalus was dwelling, Cocalus gave the puzzle to Daedalus. Daedalus solved the puzze by tying the string to an ant, which he walked through the seashell. Minos demaded that Cocalus surrender Daedalus but Cocalus promised to do so but he persuaded Minos to take a bath and stay at the palace. He was killed while taking a bath by Cocalus' daughters.
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