I always thought it was kind of weird how things tended to get named after Icarus and Daedulas got left out a lot. I mean, he was the guy who built the damned wings, after all. The sea where Icarus fell is even called the Icarian.
Daeduls did some other cool stuff to, though some of it is pretty damned weird. His statues were so lifelike they had to be chained down to stop them from running away. He built the palace of the king Minos, sure yeah, palace architect, that’s cool, but: well Poseidon sent a white bull out of the ocean to show how Minos was entitled to rule Crete. He didn’t want to sacrifice the nice shiny bull, which really pissed Poseidon off, so he cursed Minos’ wife, Pasiphae, to fancy the hell out of the bull. I mean sexually. She wanted some bull lovin’. This led her to get Daedalus to make her a FAKE COW to clime into so she could root the bull. Which she did.
Then she gave birth to the Minotaur. Daedalus built the labyrinth for it to hang out in and they fed it with seven boys and seven girls every year. One might think it would have been vegetarian. Theseus came along and killed it, anyway.
Daedalus and Icarus were imprisoned by Minos (for revealing the secret to the labyrinth, one would think he would be more annoyed at the fake cow thing) and it was then that he built the wings and flew away which we have all wanted to do when stuck at someon’e house who is watching reality tv.
I think this line is from Chatterton, an 18thc poet who suicided at 18:
“GIVE US WINGS WINGS WINGS! THOUGH WE PLUNGE INTO THE SEA!”