Daedaulus is an Athenian craftsman who builds the labyrinth in Crete in which Minos stashes the Minotaur. After building the labyrinth, Daedaulus fashions sets of wings for himself and his son Icarus to fly back to Athens with. On the way, Icarus gets too close to the sun and his wings melt, sending him to his death in the sea. Daedaulus finds his body and buries him. Daedaulus was also Perdix’s teacher. He was jealous when Perdix invented the compass, so he pushed the boy off a mountain.
Daedaulus Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Daedaulus appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 8: The Minotaur and Ariadne
...affair with the bull. To hide her shameful offspring, Minos hires an Athenian craftsman named Daedaulus to build a labyrinth that is impossible to escape from. Minos hides the Minotaur in... (full context)
Book 8: Daedaulus and Icarus
Book 8: Daedalus and Perdix
Book 9: Iphis