In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus (the creator of the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster). Daedalus had also been imprisoned by King Minos within the walls of the Labyrinth. But, the great craftsman's genius would not suffer captivity.

Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun, whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. He fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.

More Info: