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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.

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

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

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EUROPA ON THE BULL / ROM. MOSAIC / C1 AD. Mythology / Europa. Roman, 1st half of 1st century AD. Mosaic after a painting by Antiphilos (?) – “Europa on the Bull”. (Zeus in the form of a bull abducts Europa, her father Agenor above). Opus vermiculatum, 85 × 84.5cm. Found: Praeneste.

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Europa and the White Bull. I had a sleep paralysis-inducing dream when I was in Germany regarding a white bull. Shortly after I realized how similar Greek mythology was to my own religion and quickly shrugged it off. Life-changing moment. Zeus took the form of a white bull to steal Europa for his bride. Christ was MY bridegroom, as the white bull was to be Europa's, I think a tattoo seems a fitting flag for that accomplishment.

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