Disguised as a bull, the king of the Greek gods, Zeus
, carried off Europa, the daughter of Agenor, King of Phoenicia. Although Agenor sent Cadmus
to find his sister, Cadmus failed. Instead, he founded Thebes
. Cadmus' brother Cilix was also sent off to find his sister, but, instead, he founded Cilicia, in Asia Minor
. A 3rd brother founded the island of Thasus off Thrace, naming the island after himself. A 4th brother was named Phoenix, who set off to establish the Phoenicians [note that this doesn't square with the idea that Agenor king of Phoenicia was Europa's father. Phoenix is called her father in Hom. Il
. 14.321ff. "Then there was the daughter of Phoenix, who bore me Minos and Rhadamanthus
The Zeus-bull carried Europa to Crete where she became mother to Rhadamanthus and perhaps Sarpedon and Minos, among the judges in the Underworld. Europa later married a descendant of Deucalion, Asterius, king of Crete, after whom King Minos -- of minotaur fame -- ruled.