Princess Europa, The Daughter of King Agenor and Queen Telephassa
Princess Europa was the daughter of King Agenor and Queen Telephassa according to one story. But according to another she was a daughter of King Phoenix and Queen Perimede. While collecting flowers and weaving a wreath she caught the attention of the almighty Zeus, known in mythology as father of the Gods.
This God fell in love with the Princess Europa passionately
In order to get close to her, he decided to disguise as a bull with white, bright and dazzling beauty, scented with a pink and saffron cologne. Then, the princess, without being afraid of the handsome creature, approached it and began to caress it, to pat it; then holding her bouquet of flowers she hopped its back; and immediately caught its gilded horns.
The bull immediately as a lightning came down with an unseen and unheard of speed in the water; with the prey on its back and parted away from the coast of Phoenicia.
Zeus conveyed Europa on the island of Crete; in the famous Dikteon Cave. There, under the plane trees, they started their honeymoon, and Europa later gave birth to three sons – Minos, Sarpedon and Rhadamanthus.
In order to perpetuate this love with the Princess Europa
Zeus ordered the Cretan maple trees never to lose their leaves. Today, one of the continents of the world, where Crete itself is positioned; is named after his favorite and beloved princess Europe.
The Romans borrowed this myth too, where the supreme god is Jupiter. That is the reason that today, the largest satellite on the planet Jupiter bears the name of Europe.
Check this myth in Macedonian here.