Daughter of the Phoenician king Agenor who was kidnapped by Zeus in the shape of a bull. After she had climbed on his back, he ran off to Crete, and she became the mother of his children Minos and Rhadamanthus, Cretan kings and judges of the dead.

According to Herodotus, Europa was in reality a Phoenician princess who was kidnapped by the Greeks as a revenge for the Phoenician abduction of the Greek princess Io.

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