the Phoenician Princess
the Phoenician Princess
Zeus with Love
was the beautiful daughter of the Phoenician king of Tyre, Agenor. Zeus,
the King of the gods according to Greek mythology, saw Europa as she
was gathering flowers by the sea and immediately fell in love with her.
by love for Europa, Zeus transformed himself into the form of a magnificent
white bull and appeared in the sea shore where Europa was playing with
her maidens. The great bull walked gently over to where Europa stood
and knelt at her feet. The appearance and movements of the bull were
so gentle that Europa spread flowers about his neck and dared to climb
upon his back overcoming her natural fear of the great animal.
the bull rushed over the sea abducting Europa. Only then the bull revealed
its true identity and took Europa to the Mediterranean island of Crete.
There, Zeus cast off the shape of the white bull, and back into his
human form, made Europa his lover beneath a simple cypress tree. Europa
became the first queen of Crete and had by Zeus three sons: King Minos
of Crete, King Rhadamanthus of the Cyclades Islands, and, according
to some legends, Prince Sarpedon of Lycia. She later married the king
of Crete, who adopted her sons, and she was worshiped under the name
of Hellotis in Crete, where the festival Hellotia was held in her honour.
At last, Zeus reproduced the shape of the white bull, used by Zeus to
seduce Europa, in the stars. Even today we can recognize its shape in
the constellation Taurus.
Europa was given to one of Jupiter's 16 original moons. Europa is special,
because it is one of the few moons in our solar system that may have
that the father of this Phoenician princess was Agenor, but others say
that it was Phoenix, who some claim was her brother. Her mother is unknown.
was by birth an Egyptian, but he departed to Phoenicia and reigned there.
According to some Agenor is the son of Poseidon & Libya, but others
say that his parents were Belus & Anchinoe. King Belus of Egypt
was son of Poseidon & Libya, and was also the father of Aegyptus
and Danaus. His mother Libya was, in turn, daughter of Epaphus &
Memphis, and King Epaphus of Egypt, from whom sprang the Libyans and
the Ethiopians, was the founder of the city of Memphis in Egypt and
the son of Zeus & Io, the girl who was once turned into a cow, but
who is one of the Three Main Ancestors. If Phoenix would be considered
to be the father of Europa, everything would amount to the same, because
Phoenix, after whom Phoenicia is called, is said to be the son either
of Agenor or of Belus, and we would, also in this way, arrive to Io.
Nothing is known about Europa's presumptive mothers.
Was She Abducted?
turned himself into a Bull, mounted Europa on his back he conveyed her
through the sea from Phoenicia to Crete. However, some say that the
Bull who carried Europa was the same Cretan Bull that Heracles enjoined
in one of his labours, which in turn could be the same Bull, that was
sent by Poseidon to King Minos of Crete, and that later, consorting
with the king's wife Pasiphae, became the progenitor of the Minotaur.
Brother Search for Her
disappeared on the back of the Bull, Agenor sent out his sons in search
of her, ordering them not to return until they had found their sister.
Europa's brother went out in his search and ended up in Cilicia in Asia
Minor, a region called after him, where he became king after giving
up the search.
another of Europa's brothers, went with his mother Telephassa to Thrace
and stayed there for some time, before coming to Boeotia, where he founded
the city of Cadmea, which was later called Thebes. For when Telephassa
died Cadmus went to Delphi to inquire about Europa, and the Oracle told
him not to worry about her sister, but instead, following a cow, found
a city wherever the animal would lay down to rest. And the cow rested
in the spot where today the city of Thebes is.
brother, Thasus, having sailed from Tyre in his search of Europa, gave
up and settled in an island off Thrace and founded a city, Thasus, called
after himself. Meanwhile, another brother, Phoenix set out for Africa,
and remained there.
children with Zeus, Europa married Asterius 3, son of Tectamus, son
of Dorus, son of Hellen, son of Deucalion, the man who survived the
Flood. Tectamus had sailed to Crete with Aeolians and Pelasgians, becoming
on his arrival king of the island, and it is during the time when he
was king of Crete that Zeus carried off Europa from Phoenicia. Tectamus'
mother was daughter of Cretheus, son of Aeolus, brother of Dorus. Presents
to Europa. Zeus gave Europa presents. One of them was a wonderful dog
called Laelaps which was so swift that no beast could escape it. He
also gave her Talos, a creature made of bronze, who was meant to be
the warder of Crete.
Heard of Europa
some time Cadmus, now king of Cadmea (the future Thebes) married Harmonia,
Europa gave her a Necklace which she had received it from Zeus. That
was probably the last time someone heard of Europa, and her death was
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