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Juktas  (YOOK-tas)

Mountain near Iraklion, Crete, and ancient Knossos. When the mythological Daedalus was imprisoned by King Minos in the Labyrinth at Knossos, he fashioned wings of feathers and wax with which to escape. He made two pairs, one for himself and one for his son Icarus. He warned Icarus that flying too near the sun would cause the was to melt and the wings to disintegrate, but Icarus did not heed this advice. He may have achieved the altitude of Mount Juktas before he came crashing down into the sea.
The background in this scene of Icarus taking wing is an actual Cretan landscape not far from Mount Juktas. (zoom)