This article is about the mythological character. He is the father of Icarus, the uncle of Perdix, and possibly also the father of Iapyx, although this is unclear. His parentage was supplied as daedalus and icarus full story pdf later addition to the mythos, providing him with a father in Metion, Eupalamus, or Palamaon, and a mother, Alcippe, Iphinoe, or Phrasmede. Daedalus had two sons: Icarus and Iapyx, along with a nephew either Talus or Perdix.
Athenians transferred Cretan Daedalus to make him Athenian-born, the grandson of the ancient king Erechtheus, claiming that Daedalus fled to Crete after killing his nephew Talos. Over time, other stories were told of Daedalus. Daedalus is first mentioned by Homer as the creator of a wide dancing-ground for Ariadne.
In the story of the labyrinth as told by the Hellenes, the Athenian hero Theseus is challenged to kill the Minotaur, finding his way with the help of Ariadne’s thread. Daedalus’ appearance in Homer is in an extended metaphor, “plainly not Homer’s invention”, Robin Lane Fox observes: “He is a point of comparison and so he belongs in stories which Homer’s audience already recognized. In Bronze Age Crete, an inscription da-da-re-jo-de has been read as referring to a place at Knossos, and a place of worship.
In Homer’s language, daidala refers to finely crafted objects. They are mostly objects of armor, but fine bowls and furnishings are also daidala, and on one occasion so are the “bronze-working” of “clasps, twisted brooches, earrings and necklaces” made by Hephaestus while cared for in secret by the goddesses of the sea.