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Greek Myth XLII: Pseudo-Apollodorus’s Bibliotheca Book III, Chapter I – Europa, Minos, Pasiphae, or A Lot of Bulls

First there’s the Zeus bull. Then there’s the Poseidon bull. Then there’s the Man-Bull…

I couldn’t find a free image I could easily drop into this post about Minoan bull-leaping, so instead I recommend this excellent article about the practice.

Discussion Prompts

  1. Why bulls?
  2. AP Credit: Discuss these myths in relation to what we know historical of Cretan Minoan culture.
  3. Why do you think Europa’s siblings do not return home when they are unable to find her?
  4. Retell this chapter from the perspective of Europa.
  5. Do you think Minos feels punished after Poseidon curses Pasiphae? Why or why not?

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I have a BA in History and Classical Civilization from Loyola University Chicago and an MPH from Western Michigan University. I've been a geometry teacher, a religion teacher, a writing tutor. I'm a writer, a knitter, a dancer, a singer, an actor. And, yes, for fun I like to reread everything that was assigned while getting my classics degree.

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