Europa and the Bull
Zeus changed himself into a beautiful white bull, told Europa to hop on. Zeus gave Europa 3 gifts:
- Talos, a giant automaton (robot), protecting Europa in Crete from pirates/invaders.
- Laelaps is a dog that never fails to catch the prey!
- a javelin that never missed!
Zeus also gave Europa a island, Crete.
Here's a description of abduction of Europa in Metamorphoses (poem) by Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD).
And gradually she lost her fear, and he Offered his breast for her virgin caresses, His horns for her to wind with chains of flowers Until the princess dared to mount his back Her pet bull's back, unwitting whom she rode. Then — slowly, slowly down the broad, dry beach — First in the shallow waves the great god set His spurious hooves, then sauntered further out 'til in the open sea he bore his prize Fear filled her heart as, gazing back, she saw The fast receding sands. Her right hand grasped A horn, the other lent upon his back Her fluttering tunic floated in the breeze.
Talos a giant automaton made of bronze to protect Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily.