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Europe takes its name from the myth of Europa and the Bull.
The story is recorded in the stars, wherein Zeus is the zodiacal constellation of Taurus, the Bull, and Europa is the star cluster, the Pleiades. The Pleiades, or ‘Seven Sisters’, daughters of Atlas, are said to have originally been one very bright star, the most beautiful of the heavens, called Maia (‘Mother’). Her name was retained as the name of the eldest and most beautiful of the seven sisters. She was seduced by Zeus and gave birth to Hermes. Maia is another name for Europa as mother of Hermes.
In Greek mythology, Europa (/jʊəˈroʊpə, jə-/; Ancient Greek: Εὐρώπη, Eurṓpē, Attic Greek pronunciation: [eu̯.rɔ̌ː.pɛː]) was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a Phoenician princess of Argive origin, after whom the continent Europe is named. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a bull was a Cretan story; as classicist Károly Kerényi points out, “most of the love-stories concerning Zeus originated from more ancient tales describing his marriages with goddesses. This can especially be said of the story of Europa.”
In Greek mythology, Minos (/ˈmaɪnɒs, -nəs/; Greek: Μίνως, Mī́nōs, Ancient: [mǐːnɔːs] Modern: [ˈminos]) was a King of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa. Every nine years, he made King Aegeus pick seven young boys and seven young girls to be sent to Daedalus‘s creation, the labyrinth, to be eaten by the Minotaur. After his death, Minos became a judge of the dead in the underworld.