"Daedalus was the master artisan of his time. A member of the royal house of Athens, he received the art of craftsmanship from Athena," (148).
Olympian Zeus, forgive my plan. While I do not intend to reach the stars, this is the only way I can escape.
"Daedalus envied his nephew's superior inventiveness. He became obsessed with the fear that his nephew would outshine him and that he would die in obscurity," (148).
"Under the guise of showing Perdix the view from the top of Athena's temple on the Acropolis, he pushed Perdix off the roof. For this, Daedalus was tried on the Areopagus by a council of elders and condemned to exile for the crime of murder," (148).
"Copying the designs of nature, Daedalus arranged a row of feathers. Beginning with tiny ones, he gradually increased their lengths in order to create an edge that sloped upwards. Then he fastened the feathers together in the middle with threads of flax, joining the bottom stems with softened wax," (149).
"In his eagerness to reach the sky, he boldly deserted his guide and soared higher and higher until he approached shining Helius's chariot. The sun's heat dissolved the wax that bound his feathers together." "Even as he called his father' s name, the dark sea stopped his breath and swallowed him," (150).
"Daedalus had found refuge with King Cocalus on the island of Sicily," "After the death of Minos, Daedalus remained in Sicily for many years. He was last seen in Sardinia. He never returned to Athens," (150-151).