Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Εὐρώπη, Latin Europa)

A. Myth

E. is said to be the daughter of Phoenix (Hom. Il. 14,321; Hes. Cat. fr. 141 MW; Bacchyl. 17,31; Palaephatus 15; Mosch. 2,7) or Agenor (Ov. Met. 2,858; Diod. Sic. 5,78,1; Hyg. Fab. 155,2; 178,1), king of Sidon or Tyre, and Telephassa (Mosch. 2,42; Apollod. 3,2) or Cassiopeia, Argiope or Tyro [2.8f.]. She is abducted from the Phoenician coast to Crete by Zeus/Jupiter in the guise of a bull, or a bull acting on Zeus’ behalf (Acusilaus of Argos, FGrH F 29), where, following their uni…

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Renger, Almut-Barbara, “Europa”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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