Talos

Greek - An apprentice and nephew of Daedalus. Son of Polycaste. He is credited with the invention of the saw and died when Daedalus, jealous of his nephew's skills, hurled him from the top of the temple of Athena. The goddess turned Talos into a partridge. In some references, called Talos, Talus or Talus.
Greek - Guardian of Crete. Father of Phaetus. Talos was a bronze, bull-headed giant forged by Hephaestus for King Minos, with the help of the Cyclopes. Some say he was given by Zeus to Europa when he carried her off to Crete. He patrolled the coasts of Crete three times a day to repel invaders and could kill by standing in a fire to heat himself up, and then enclosing people in his red-hot grasp. He had just one vein which carried all his vital fluid and which stretched from his head down to one ankle where it was sealed with a stopper or membrane. He died when this stopper was removed when he was attempting to repel the Argonauts by throwing huge rocks at their ship and there are conflicting stories of how this came about. In one story, Medea lulled him into sleep and removed the plug or cut the membrance: in another, Medea prayed to Hades and he caused Talos to graze his ankle on a rock. Another version says that he was shot in the foot by Poeas, a story which assumes a vulnerable spot in the heel. In some lore, occasionally called Talos, Talus or Talus.

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