|The Athenian Daedalus, son of
Metion and the grandson of Erechtheus, was a famous
architect, inventor, and craftsman. Among his inventions
and creations were the wooden cow he constructed for the
queen Pasiphae, the Labyrinth at Knossos, artificial
wings for himself and his son Icarus, and he was even
said to have invented images.
His homeland was Athens. For a short time, his apprentice was his sister's son Perdix. When Daedalus feared that the boy would surpass him in talent, he murdered the boy by tossing him from the Acropolis of Athens. He was then tried at the Areopagus and banished from the city.