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Icarus (Greek: Ἴκαρος, Íkaros, Etruscan: Vikare) is the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology. The main and most well-known story involving Icarus is the tale of his attempt to escape Crete with wings crafted by his father. Daedalus warned him not to fly too close to the Sun, but he ignored the advice and fell out of the sky causing his death. Today, Icarus is seen as the mythical pioneer in Greece's attempt to conquer the skies and the Hellenic Air Force Academy is named after him.

Myth

Daedalus, Icarus's father, who was a remarkable Athenian craftsman who was exiled in the palace of Knossos by King Minos. He was exiled because of his involvement in helping Theseus, who survived the Labyrinth and defeated the Minotaur. He had given Minos's daughter, Ariadne, a ball of string (clew), which she used to help Theseus, Minos's enemy.

Along with himself, Icarus was also imprisoned. Daedalus fashioned a pair of wings for his son and him, which they attempted to use to escape. Icarus was warned not to fly too close to the Sun, nor too close to the water. However, Icarus ignored his father's words and flew too close to the Sun. The wax on his wings melted from the Sun's heat and it caused Icarus to fall and die. The sea in which he fell in became known as the Icarian Sea.

Hellenistic writers give the tale variants, which has Icarus escape from Crete via boat provided by Pasiphaë. Daedalus had constructed the first sails for the boat. Icarus when en route to Sicily fell into the water and
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drowned. Heracles erected a tomb for him.

Family

Ericthonid Genealogy in Greek mythology
 
 
 
 
 
Hephaestus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ericthonius
 
Praxithea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pandion I
 
Zeuxippe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Echenais
 
Erectheus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cecrops II
 
Telphousa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Metion
 
Iphinome
 
 
Orneus
 
Melaina
 
 
 
Pandion II
 
Pylia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daedalus
 
 
Thronia
 
Peteus
 
Aethra
 
Aegeus
 
 
 
Lycus
 
Ismenis
 
 
Nisos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phrasimede
 
Menestheus
 
 
 
 
 
Theseus
 
Hippolyta
 
 
 
Iobates
 
Metope
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Icarus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Demophon
 
Phyllis
 
 
 
Amphianax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oxyntes
 
Anchiroe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apheidas
 
 
 
 
Thymoetes

In Popular Culture

Video games

  • Icarus appears in the hit video game God of War II. He is killed by Kratos who later uses his wings.
  • Icarus' wings make an appearance as available equipment in the video game Hero of Sparta II.
  • He is the star of a nintendo game series known as Kid Icarus.

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