DAEDALUS , a mythicalGreek architect and sculptor, who figures largely in the early legends of Crete and of Athens . He was said to have built the labyrinth for
See also:Minos, to have made a wooden cow for Pasiphae and to have fashioned a
See also:bronze man who repelled the Argonauts . Falling under the displeasure of Minos, he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus, and escaped to
See also:Sicily . These legends seem primarily to belong to Crete; and the Athenian
See also:element in them which connected Daedalus with the royal
See also:house of
See also:Erechtheus is a later fabrication . To Daedalus the Greeks of the historic age were in the
See also:habit of attributing buildings, and statues the origin of which was lost in the past, and which had no inscription belonging to them . In a later
See also:verse in the Iliad (date, 7th or 6th century), Daedalus is mentioned as the maker of a dancing-place for
See also:Ariadne in Crete; and such a dancing-place has been discovered by A . J .
See also:Evans, in the Minoan palace of
See also:Cnossus . Diodorus Siculus says that he executed various
See also:works in Sicily for
See also:King Cocalus . In many cities of
See also:Greece there were
See also:rude wooden statues,said to be by him . Later critics, judging from their own notions of the natural course of development in
See also:art, ascribed to Daedalus such improvements as separating the legs of statues and opening their eyes . In fact the name Daedalus is a mere
See also:standing for a particular phase of early Greek art, when
See also:wood was the chief material, and other substances were let into it for variety .
This Daedalus must not be confused with Daedalus ofSicyon, a
See also:great sculptor of the early
See also:part of the 4th century si.C., none of whose works is extant . (P .
DACTYL (from Gr. S&crvXo , a finger)
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