A legend tells that Zeus fell in love with beautiful Europe, daughter of Agenor, king of Tire & Telephassa, one day when he saw her playing on the beach. Impressed by its beauty, it turned into a white bull with crescent-shaped horns. When the girl approached him, the bull knelt. Then she climbed onto her back, hanging wreaths of flowers on her horns. The bull jumped & carried it to the sea. It swam in Crete, where Zeus united with Europe. From their loves were born three sons, one of whom, Minos, became king of Crete.