The New International Encyclopædia/Icarius

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ICA'RIUS (Lat., from Gk. Ἰκάριος, Ikarios) . (1) In Greek mythology, an Athenian to whom Dionysus taught the cultivation of the vine. (2) A Lacedæmonian, the father of Penelope, wife of Odysseus. When Odysseus declined to settle at Lacedæmon as desired by Icarius, and gave Penelope her choice of following him to Ithaca or of remaining with her father, the bride covered her face with her veil and chose her husband. Icarius then ceased his solicitations and raised a temple to Modesty on the spot.