Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Daedalus and Icarus
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(Δαίδαλος/Daídalos; Latin Daedalus; Ἴκαρος/Íkaros; Latin Icarus)

A. Myth

D. is a descendant of the mythical Athenian king Erechtheus; I. is D.’ son. D. is the ingenious inventor of tools and technologies, and the architect and inventor to whom, among other works, the first large-scale Greek sculptures (kouroi), are attributed. He is also said to have made the first statues in a striding attitude and with open eyes, thus lending them a particularly lifelike impression. His creative skills ar…

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Greiner, Bernhard and Harst, Joachim, “Daedalus and Icarus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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