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Icarus
(654 words)

(Ἴκαρος; Íkaros).

[German version]

[1] Son of Daedalus

Son of  Daedalus [1]. Held captive on Crete by  Minos, Daedalus builds a pair of wings each for himself and I., which they use to escape Minos. However, I., despite the warnings of his father, comes too close to the sun; this melts the wax in his wings, he crashes near the island of  Icarus [2]/Icaria and drowns. Daedalus (or Hercules, Apollod. 2,132) buries him; the island and the sea around it are named after I.

The well-known version of the story is formulated in Ov. Met.…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) and Kalcyk, Hansjörg (Petershausen), “Icarus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e522930>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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