The Family of Agenor: Europa, Cadmus, and Minos; Cadmus' Founding of Thebes; Oedipus; the Seven Against Thebes; the Epigoni (3. 1. 1-3. 7. 7)
BOOK 3 1 Now that I have narrated the story of the line of Inachus from Belus down to the descendants of Heracles, I shall tell of Agenor. For as I said above [ 2. 1. 4], Libya had two sons by Poseidon, Belus and Agenor. Now Belus ruled over the Egyptians and had the sons I mentioned earlier, while Agenor went to Phoenicia, married Telephassa, and had a daughter, Europa, and three sons, Cadmus, Phoenix, and Cilix. ∣ Some claim that Europa was the daughter of Phoenix and not of Agenor. ∣ 1 Zeus fell in love with her and changing himself into a tame bull, carried her on his back across the sea to Crete. There Zeus slept with her and she later gave birth to Minos, Sarpedon, and Rhadamanthys I although according to Homer [ Iliad 6. 198-99,], Sarpedon was the son of Zeus and Laodamia, daughter of Bellero- phon I. When Europa disappeared, her father Agenor sent his sons to look for her, ordering them not to return until they found her. Their mother, Telephassa, and Thasus, son of Poseidon ∣ or of Cilix, as Phere- cydes says ∣ , joined them in the search. When they were unable to find Europa after looking everywhere, they gave up the idea of returning home and settled in various places: Phoenix in Phoenicia; Cilix near Phoenicia (and he called all the land subject to him near the Pyramus River Cilicia); and Cadmus and Telephassa in Thrace. Thasus founded a city Thasus on an island near Thrace and settled there.
Asterius, the ruler of the Cretans, married Europa and reared her children. When they were grown up they quarrelled with each other for they all were in love with a boy named Miletus, a son of Apollo and Aria, daughter of Cleochus. Because the boy preferred Sarpedon, Minos fought his brother and won. Miletus fled to Caria where he founded a city which he called Miletus, after himself.2 Sarpedon fled to Cilix, with whom he allied himself in a war against the Lycians in return for a portion of land. He became king of Lycia and was allowed