Europa, in Greek mythology, the daughter either of Phoenix or of Agenor, king of Phoenicia, from whom the name of the continent Europe has ultimately been taken. The beauty of Europa inspired the love of Zeus, who approached her in the form of a white bull and carried her away from Phoenicia to Crete.  She later married Asterius, the king of Crete.

Europa, in Greek mythology, the daughter either of Phoenix or of Agenor, king of Phoenicia, from whom the name of the continent Europe has ultimately been taken. The beauty of Europa inspired the love of Zeus, who approached her in the form of a white bull and carried her away from Phoenicia to Crete. She later married Asterius, the king of Crete.

Europa and the bull, depicted as the continent's personification on a Greek vase.

Europa and the bull, depicted as the continent's personification on a Greek vase.

Terracotta figurine from Boeotia, ca. 470 BC–450 BC. Link: http://casaindiasricaitanyamahaprabhu.blog.com/2009/04/21/europa-mythology/

Terracotta figurine from Boeotia, ca. 470 BC–450 BC. Link: http://casaindiasricaitanyamahaprabhu.blog.com/2009/04/21/europa-mythology/

europa mythology - Αναζήτηση Google

europa mythology - Αναζήτηση Google

Rembrandt van Rijn - The Abduction of Europa, 1632. Oil on panel. The work has been described as "...a shining example of the 'golden age' of Baroque painting."

Rembrandt van Rijn - The Abduction of Europa, 1632. Oil on panel. The work has been described as "...a shining example of the 'golden age' of Baroque painting."

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