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1. A son of Perdix, the sister of Daedalus. He himself was a disciple of Daedalus, and is said to have invented several instruments used in the mechanical arts; but Daedalus incensed by envy thrust him down the rock of the Acropolis at Athens. The Athenians worshipped him as a hero. (Apollod. iii. 15. § 9; Diod. iv. 76; Schol. ad Eurip. Orest. 1643 ; Lucian, Pisc. 42.) Pausanias (i. 21. § 6, 26. § 5, vii. 4. § 5) calls him Calos, and states that he was buried on the road leading from the theatre to the Acropolis. Hyginus (Fab. 39, 274) and Ovid (Met. viii. 255; comp. Serv. ad Virg. Georg. i. 143, Aen. v. 14) call him Perdix, which, according to the common tradition, was the name of his father.

2. A man of brass, the work of Hephaestus. This wonderful being was given to Minos by Zeus or Hephaestus, and watched the island of Crete by walking round the island thrice every day. Whenever he saw strangers approaching, he made himself red-hot in fire, and then embraced the strangers when they landed. lie had in his body only one vein, which ran from the head to the ankles, and was closed at the top with a nail. When lie attempted to keep the Argonauts from Crete by throwing stones at them, Medeia by her magic powers threw him into a state of madness, or, according to others, under the pretence of making him immortal, she took the nail out of his vein and thus caused him to bleed to death. Others again related that Poeas killed him by wounding him with an arrow in the ankle. (Apollod. i. 9. § 26 ; Apollon. Rhod. iv. 1638, &c.; Plat. Min. p. 320.)

3. A son of Oenopion. (Paus. vii. 4. § 6.)

4. A son of Cres, and father of Hephaestus. (Paus. viii. 53. § 2.)