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Cameo depicting Daidalos and Ikaros, with Artemis and Pasiphae

Daidalos, also spelled Daedalus, was a famous and skillful inventor, architect, and a craftsman in Greek mythology, known for being the creator of the infamous labyrinth for the Minotaur.[1] He was also the father of Ikaros.


According to Greek legends, the Athenian Daidalos was exiled after he threw his nephew off the acropolis of Athens in jealous rage.[2] However, Daidalos found work in Knossos. At first, he played a vital part in the birth of the Minotaur by crafting a special cow suit for the queen Pasiphae, enabling her to sleep with a bull gods had cursed her to fall in love with. After the birth of the Minotaur, king Minos ordered Daidalos to create the infamous labyrinth beneath the Knossos Palace.[3]

He was also said to be the creator of the statue of the hero Herakles situated near the Lykosoura Ruins in Arkadia.[4]

Legacy and influence

During the Peloponnesian War, a fort near the city of Gortyn in Messara was named after him, as well as the related cavern used as armory.[5]



  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMessara: Daidalos Armory
  2. Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece – "Knossos" – Daidalos
  3. Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece – "Knossos" – The Birth of the Minotaur
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyArkadia: Daidalos' Statue of Herakles
  5. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
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