Icarus flew with his father from Crete, escaping King Minos' clutches, but the sun melted the wax with which his wings were attached, and he fell into the sea. Those waters of the Aegean were thenceforward called the Icarian Sea.
In some versions of the myth it is suggested that Icarus drowned as he and his father made an attempt to swim to freedom, or that they built a boat and sailed away, only to have it capsize, causing the death of Icarus.
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