The Toils of Cadmus

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  • Ferte auxilium!
  • Vale!
  • Non!  Meam matrem mortuus est!
  • Zeus was attracted to Europa, King Agenor of Tyre's daughter, so he carried her away in the form of a white bull while she was gathering flowers with nymphs.
  • Hic est urbe.
  • Once King Agenor and his wife find out that their daughter is missing.  Telephassa and her four sons go to find her.
  • Quid est ille . . .
  • All three brothers gave up except for Cadmus, and his mother.  They settled in Thrace.  Telephassa died because she was so sad about her daughter.
  • Quid . . . non . . .
  • Cadmus went to the Oracle of Delphi to ask about his sister.  The Oracle told him to stop searching and ride a cow nearby until it rests.  Where it stops will be the place a city should be built.
  • Cadmus decides to sacrifice the cow to the goddess Athena.  His companions find water for the sacrifice, but when they were gathering water, a dragon, the son of the god Ares, came out of a cave close by.
  • All of Cadmus's companions are killed, so he wonders why they haven't come back and goes looking for them.
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