Son of the inventor and architect Daedalus, who was locked into the labyrinth of Knossos after his father had helped Theseusdefeat the Minotaur.

Daedalus then made two pairs of wings for himself and his son, made of feathers and wax. So, they flew away from their prison.

Despite his fathers warnings, Icarus flew too near the sun. The wax then melted and the young man fell into the sea and drowned. Since then, the sea was called the Icarian sea, and an island nearby called Icaria.