|Europa/Ευρώπη (whenyouarefree) wrote,|
@ 2015-11-01 01:00:00
And gradually she lost her fear, and he
Offered his breast for her virgin caresses,
she of the broad countenance
His horns for her to wind with chains of flowers
Until the princess dared to mount his back
FULL NAME: Europa
ALIAS: Tessa Ronega
APPARENT AGE: 26
PLACE OF BIRTH: Phoenicia
MARITAL STATUS: Single
CURRENT RESIDENCE: New York
PARENTS: Agenor and Telephassa
SIBLINGS: Cadmus, Cilix, Phoenix
CHILDREN: Minos, Rhadamanthys, Sarpedon
Her pet bull's back, unwitting whom she rode.
Then—slowly, slowly down the broad, dry beach—
First in the shallow waves the great god set
personality & demeanor
His spurious hooves, then sauntered further out
'til in the open sea he bore his prize
Fear filled her heart as, gazing back, she saw
Europa is unfortunately known as a professional damsel. Whether she was kidnapped by Zeus or angry Minoans isn't as important as that she was kidnapped, and either made a Queen or forced to be Queen.
She has no specific purview, but she is curious. Often to a bad degree. Look before you leap isn't an idiom she's very familiar with, and it often gets her into trouble. But she weathers the consequences of her own actions and never blames anyone but herself for them. She is remarkably adaptive, and usually tries to make the best of a bad situation.
It doesn't make her naive however. She's just a bit reckless and rather enjoys adventures. She's the type of person who would take rides with strangers jsut to see where they are going. It's led her to more then one bad encounter, but she has a way of turning it to her advantage.
She didn't really love Zeus as much as she realized she wasn't in a position to argue with the God and smiled and took his gifts. She's one of the very few people who
didn'tearn Hera's ire and she likes keeping it that way. She blames herself a little for what happened to her son and his wife, but she knows that wasn't wholly her fault either.
As her beauty was enough to get a God to kidnap her, she uses it to make a living now. But Europa was never really expected to do much more, and it's grating at her. Recently she's taken to studying business law. She was a Queen for the longest time and knows what it takes to manage a royal household. She doesn't think a business is that much harder.
The fast receding sands. Her right hand grasped
A horn, the other lent upon his back
Her fluttering tunic floated in the breeze.
Like so many other Greek figures, Europa's history is murky. According to Hesiod, she was one of the many daughters of Oceanus and Tethys, yet according to other sources a daughter of the earth-giant Tityas was also called Europa. The only thing many scholars agree with is that she comes from Phoenicia.
The earliest mention of her name is in the Iliad and in a fragment of Hesiod's Catalogue of Women, both of them have been dated to the 8th Century. The earliest vase painting of her has been dated to the mid 7th Century.
In the Pheonician territory of Sidon, there was a temple to Astarte, and because there she was equated with the moon it then became sacred to Europa. Oddly enough, it is one of the few cults to Europa to exist. She has never been worshiped as a goddess. Perhaps because she never was one. She had one minor cult in Lebadaea in Boeotia, where her name is found as an epithet of Demeter.
Europa's family is as murky as her history. While everyone agrees she is definitely Phoenician, and from the lineage that descended from Io (so the cow thing runs in the family, there is some debate on who her parents are. Generally she is said to be the daughter of Agenor, the Phoenician King of Tyre, but her mother is up to debate. According to some she is the daughter of Queen Telephassa, and according to others her mother is Argiope. The Iliad then claims she is the daughter of Agenor's son Phoenix (to whom she is a sister in some texts). She does however have two confirmed siblings, Cadmus and Cilix.
Her fame, however, does not come from her family. Her fame comes from being just pretty enough to catch the eye of Zeus. Enraptured by her, he transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed with the herds of her father. Europa noticed the bull while she was gathering flowers and stricken by his form decided to get on his back. Zeus took the opportunity and ran into the sea and swan to Crete with Europa on his back. Once there, he transformed into his true shape.
He then made her the first queen of Crete, gave her a necklace made by Hepheastus as well as Talos, Laelaps, and a javelin that never missed. And then he put the shape of the bull in the stars to be known as the constellation of Taurus. He also gave her three sons: Minos, Rhadamantus and Sarpedon. And once he tired of her, she married Asterion and made him her King.
However, according ot another myth she was simply kidnapped by Minoans in revenge of the kidnapping of Io. However the myth of her and the sacred bull is never separated, as in Sidon there were coins found depicting her riding the bull with her veil flying over like a bow. According to some interpretations this bull later became the Cretan beast that was encountered by Heracles and the Marathonian Bull that was the Minotaur's father and slain by Theseus.
As her name later became used to describe the continent of Europe and she found her name being used as a name for Jupiter (Albeit the smallest one), Europa has always been remembered. Some remember her myth, and so she came with the first Greek settlers into America. Not as powerful there as she is in the continent that shares her name she has adjusted. She's used to being taken from place to place.