Chiron Centaur

The centaur Chiron teaching Achilles how to play the lyre.

Centaurs are creatures that are half-man and half-horse. The head, arms and torso are human and joined at the waist to the body and legs of a horse. These creatures are barbarous and capable of unbridled chaos. However, despite their bestial and lustful reputation, some centaurs are good, unless under the effects of wine.

Centaurs live in the forests of Thessaly, beyond the laws of man.

Perhaps the most famous centaur was Chiron (or Cheiron), known for his great wisdom. He is also the tutor of the god of medicine, Asklepios, and the heroes Hercules, Achilles and Jason (and his son, Medeus).



  • Photo: The centaur Chiron teaching Achilles how to play the lyre, Roman fresco from Herculaneum, National Archaeological Museum of Naples. First century AD, Source:, upload by muesse • Public domain.
  • Centaur at the Ancient History Encyclopedia (Retrieved on October 21, 2017).