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Daedalus and Icarus: Death of Icarus (02:11)


Icarus is dead despite his father's warnings. Daedalus, an inventor and artist who gained his skills from Athena, made his son wings.

Daedalus and Icarus: Jealousy and Murder (02:49)

Daedalus killed his nephew after the young man invented the saw and was banished; he and his son moved to Crete. Zeus abducted Europa and took her to Crete where she bore three sons. Asterius married Europa and adopted her children.

Daedalus and Icarus: King of Crete (02:21)

Minos asserted his claim to the throne after the death of Asterius and called for a white bull rose from the sea. Minos added the bull to his herd instead of sacrificing it to Poseidon as promised; Poseidon planned revenge.

Daedalus and Icarus: Royal Marriage (02:11)

King Minos married Pasiphae, who was said to be an immortal magician, and had three children. Poseidon spelled Pasiphae to fall in love with the white bull.

Daedalus and Icarus: Unnatural Union (03:15)

Pasiphae threatened Daedalus with death if he did not help her fulfill her desire for the white bull. He obliged and Pasiphae gave birth to a Minotaur nine months later. Minos ordered Daedalus to build a prison the Minotaur could not escape.

Daedalus and Icarus: Labyrinth (03:53)

Minos held Aegeus responsible for the death of his son and attacked Athens. The Athenians agreed to Minos' terms of surrender. Theseus killed the Minotaur, found his way out of the maze, and sailed away from Crete with Ariadne; Minos ordered Daedalus and Icarus thrown into the labyrinth.

Daedalus and Icarus: Winged Invention (03:44)

Daedalus and Icarus could not find their way out of the maze. Daedalus declared they would leave by the sky and created wings.

Daedalus and Icarus: Escape (02:47)

Daedalus and Icarus flew out of the labyrinth. Icarus strayed from his father's path and flew too high; his wings broke apart and Icarus plummeted to the sea.

Daedalus and Icarus: Defying the Laws of Nature (02:02)

Daedalus helped Pasiphae fulfill her desire for a white bull and escaped the labyrinth through flight. The death of his son was punishment. Daedalus landed on a remote island that he named after Icarus.

Credits: Daedalus And Icarus, A Shattered Dream—The Great Greek Myths (00:30)

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Daedalus, a prominent Greek inventor, settled in Crete among King Minos’ court. Queen Pasiphaë, who had an all-consuming passion for a white bull, called upon his services. The Sea God Poseidon had given the bull to her husband King Minos as a present, and King Minos had refused to sacrifice it for him. To take his revenge, Poseidon cast a spell on the poor Pasiphaë. Following orders, Daedalus found a solution to enable the queen to mate with the animal. Their union produced the Minotaur, a monster that King Minos shut away in a labyrinth built by Daedalus. Unfortunately, when King Minos found out that Daedalus had helped the young Theseus to find a way out of the labyrinth, he shut Daedalus and his son Icarus inside it. The shrewd Daedalus found a way to escape – but his method put his own son’s life in peril.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL120479

ISBN: 978-1-63521-568-7

Copyright date: ©2015

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