EUROPA: QUEEN OF CRETE

 

435px-EuropaEUROPA AND THE CRETAN BULL ~

Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre

In Greek mythology, Europa was a Phoenician woman of high lineage, and the daughter of the Earth-giant Tityas.  Her mother, Euphemus was the daughter of Poseidon.

THE ABDUCTION

Europa’s story is Cretan in origin, and it is told that Zeus was enamored with her, and transformed himself into a tame white bull, and watched Europa, while she gathered flowers with her female maidens.  She noticed the beautiful white bull staring at her, and without hesitation, caressed, and mounted its back.

Zeus took advantage of the opportunity to abduct her by carrying her to the sea toward the island of Crete.  He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first Queen of Crete.

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