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Europa riding the bull


Europa riding the bull, 1st century A.D.
Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, inv. 9900

Here we see the rape of Europa by Jupiter in the guise of a bull. According to the ancients, this was the episode that earned the bull, or Taurus in Latin, a place among the constellations of the zodiac.