Friday 15 November 2013


Europa was the daughter either of Phoenix or of Agenor, king of Phoenicia. Her beauty inspired the love of Zeus. Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and mixed in with Europa father's herds. When Europa with her companions were gathering flowers, she saw the beautiful bull. She caressed his flanks and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back to island of Crete.

                    Europa pleaded with him to pity her. Zeus them reveled his true identity and explained his love. After bearing Zeus three sons, she married the king of Crete, who adopted her sons. They grew up to become King Minos of Crete, King Rhadamanthus of the Cyclades, and Prince Sarpedon of Lycia. They became the three judge of underworld when they die. On Crete Europa was worshiped under the name Hellotis. The continent of Europe is named for her.


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