Greek Myths in Literature

Provided by Carl Purcell (Fine Art America)

Provided by Carl Purcell (Fine Art America)

Mustang Staff

Seventh-grade students are learning about the mythical Greek inventor, Daedalus and his wayward son, Icarus. According to Greek legend, Daedalus murdered his nephew Perdix, and he was banished from Athens which led him to the island of Crete.

In Crete, the wife of King Minos was impregnated by one of Poseidon’s bulls, creating a creature with a man’s body and a bull’s head, called the Minotaur. Minos commissioned Daedalus to build a sprawling human sized maze called the Labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur.

Later on Daedalus and his son Icarus were both made prisoners of the Labyrinth. Using his ingenuity, Daedalus made a plan to escape with his son, but the fates would continue to test the resolve of Daedalus.