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who is the Phoenician princess loved by Zeus?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    In Greek mythology Europa was the daughter of Agenor. She was a Phoenician princess who was abducted and taken to Crete by Zeus who had transformed himself into a great white bull. The continent of Europe is named for her. This is also the name of a moon of Jupiter.

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    Zeus fell in love with a Phoenician princess called Europa and having taken the form of a bull, Zeus carried her off and took her across the sea to the island of Crete. She bore sons who became famous both in this world and in the next, for Minos 2 became king of Crete and, since his death, delivers judgement to the dead in Hades, while Rhadamanthys acts as a judge in Hades, along with his brother and Aeacus.

    According to Greek mythology, Europa, the Phoenician princess loved by Zeus, gave Europe its name. It is also possible that Europe's name came from the Phoenician word for sunset - Ereb

  • Thalia
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    1 decade ago

    There were two, Europa and her sister Carme.

    Europa was carried off by Zeus in the guise of a bull from Phoenicia to the island of Crete, where she had three sons by the god--Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon.

    Carme, was her sister, also a daughter of Phoenix. Like Europa she was carried to Crete by the god where she became the mother of Britomartis.

    Another sister of these two named Astypalaea was abducted by Poseidon to the island of Cos.

    Source(s): Ancient Greek writers Hesiod, Apollodorus & Antoninus Liberalis
  • 1 decade ago

    Europa - Zeus disguised himself as a bull. Then he tricked Europa into riding on his back. Once she was on his back, he plunged into the Mediterranean Sea and swam to the shores of Crete, where she became the first Queen of Crete. The continent of Europe is named after her.

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