Up in heaven one spring morning as he idly watched the earth, Zeus suddenly saw a charming spectacle.
Europa had waked early, troubled just as Io had been by a dream, only this time not of a god who loved her but of two Continents who each in the shape of a woman tried to possess her.
She decided not to try to go to sleep again, but to summon her companions, girls born in the same year as herself and all of noble birth, to go out with her to the lovely blooming meadows near the sea.
The girls gathered flowers delightedly, wandering here and there over the meadow. Zeus in heaven watched the pretty scene, until...
Venus, along with her son Cupid, shot one of her shafts into his heart!
That very instant, he fell madly in love with Europa.