the rape of europa
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It is said that Europa woke from a dream and summoned the rest of her ladies to take a walk and gather flowers. Zeus, captivated by Europa's beauty, turned himself into a beautiful white bull and approached the ladies, who all ran to greet him. It was then that Europa is said to have climbed upon his back, was subsequently taken, raped, and later abandoned. Mythological gods are often depicted as taking the shape of an animal when raping young women.