Europa

Greek - Daughter of Agenor and Telephassa. Sister of Cadmus, Cilix and Phoenix. Mother of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon by Zeus. Mother of Aeacus by Zeus, some say. In some accounts, her father was Phoenix; others say that she was the mother of the Minotaur. She was carried off to Crete by Zeus in the form of a handsome bull. Changing form to an eagle he ravished Europa who bore the three sons Minos, Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon. The god gave her the dog, Laelaps, a spear which never missed its mark and Talus, the bronze guardian of Crete. She later married Asterius, king of Crete, who adopted her three sons. After her death, she was deified. Sometimes known as Europa, Europe, Europe, Iodama, Iodama or Thebe.

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