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Europa and the bull



This time Zeus had transformed himself into a bull to get,unseen by the jealous Hera, to princess Europa from Phoenicia. He played with her and her friends on a beach. Once she climbed on his back he rushed into the sea and swam with her to Crete where he made her pregnant with the future king of Crete Minos. Minos would marry Pasiphae, who fell in love with another bull and would give birth to the Minotaurus. Their daughter Ariadne would help Theseus to defeat the Minotaurus.


Europa and the bull
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