After the kidnapping of
king Agenor sent his three sons Phoenix,
Cylix and Kadmos to look for
her. Phoenix and Cylix gave up pretty soon. After each founded their
own Empire, one the Phoenician in Africa and the other the Cilicians.
who was searching for Europa together with his mother, came at some
point to Samothrake, where his mother died. After the funeral he went to
see the Oracle of Delphi. This told him that he would better forget to
find Europa, as the Oracle knew who had kidnapped her. Instead of this,
he should just wait until the day he would find a herd of cows. If one
of them would have a moon-shaped sign on its ass, then he should kick
the cow and follow the animal to there where it would die. There he
should found a city.
So he did, founding the city of
Theban and creating the Theban Saga. Nearby, next to a fountain, there
lived a dragon. Kadmos did not think twice and killed the beast. What he
did not know was that the dragon belonged to the war god Ares.
To stop the rage of Ares, Athena
advice him to take the teeth of the dragon and to sow them as if they
were regular seeds. From the teeth grew men that, as soon as they were
out of the earth, started to fight against each other. He named them
Spartoi, and these were the ancestors of the Spartans. Even then,
Kadmos had still to serve Ares during eight years and to do all kinds of
trifles for him. But still he managed to keep one of the dragon teeth,
the one that would create the so-called "killer machines".
After the 8 years of serving Ares,
Kadmos was given Harmonia as a wife. Harmonia was the daughter of the war
god and Aphrodite. This is by the way the only time that a human got a
goddess as a wife, and to their wedding came naturally all the gods of
gave Kadmos a son, Polydoros, and four daughters:
and Agaue. Kadmos and Harmonia were very happy together and they went to
live to Elysium, outside Hades. However, things did not go so good for
their children, who lived misfortunes and disasters.
Theban Saga / Cretan Saga