VIII-VII sec. a.C.

ESIODO, Catalogo delle donne, fr. 19

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Frammento 19 (Scholiast on Homer, Il. xii. 292)

Zeus saw Europa the daughter of Phoenix gathering flowers in a meadow with some nymphs and fell in love with her.  So he came down and changed himself into a bull and breathed from his mouth a crocus. In this way he deceived Europa, carried her off and crossed the sea to Crete where he had intercourse with her. Then in this condition he made her live with Asterion the king of the Cretans. There she conceived and bore three sons, Minos, Sarpedon and Rhadamanthys. The tale is in Hesiod and Bacchylides.