Talos (inventor)

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Talos (/ˈtlɒs/; Ancient Greek: Τάλως Talōs) was a mythological Greek inventor. He is probably Perdix and nephew of Daedalus. On some accounts, Talos was also called Attalus.[1]


Talos invented the saw after seeing a fish's jawbone. Daedalus was so jealous of the invention that he tried to murder him, but Athena intervened and turned Talos/Perdix into a partridge to save his life.[2]

According to Ovid, Talos/ Perdix used fish spine as the prototype of the saw.[3]

According to a version of Apollodorus,[4] Daedalus was successful in killing Talos/Perdix and, as punishment, was exiled to the court of Minos: "After the corpse was discovered, Daedalus was tried...and went into exile at the court of Minos."

In some sources, Talos and Perdix appear to name the same person.[citation needed]


  1. ^ John Tzetzes. Chiliades, 1.19 line 493
  2. ^ Bibliotheca 3.15.8
  3. ^ Metamorphoses 8.244-246
  4. ^ Library of Greek Mythology, 3.15 transl. Robin Hard