The Toils of Cadmus
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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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