The origin of the word Europe

The name Europe comes from the Latin Europa, which in turn derives from the Greek Εὐρώπη, from εὐρύς eurys “wide” and ὤψ ops “face” (PIE *wer-, “broad” *okw-, “eye”).

In Greek mythology, Europa was the beautiful daughter of a Phoenician king named Agenor or Phoenix.The beauty of Europa inspired the love of Zeus, who approached her in the form of a white bull and carried her away from Phoenicia to Crete.

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