Zeus was enamored of Europa and
decided to ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed
in with her father's herds. While Europa and her helpers were gathering
flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his
back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his
back, to the island of Crete.
He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete.