of a princess...

February 4, 2007 7:01am CST
In Greek mythology, Europa was a Phoenician princess who was abducted by Zeus in bull form and taken to the island of Crete, where she gave birth to Minos, Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon. For Homer, Europe (Greek: ????p? Eur?pe; see also List of traditional Greek place names) was a mythological queen of Crete, not a geographical designation. Later Europa stood for mainland Greece, and by 500 BC its meaning had been extended to lands to the north. happy to live here...
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@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Yes, Europe sometimes forgets her Greek and Roman origins. But they are there everywhere you look.