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Chiron Centaur

The centaur Chiron teaching Achilles how to play the lyre.

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

Chiron was the son of Philyra (daughter of the Titan, Oceanus). He was married to the nymph, Chariklo. He lived in the forests of Mount Pelion.

He is most commonly represented wearing a short tunic (chitoniskos) and a cloak and often carrying a branch over his shoulder from which hang hunted animals such as foxes and hares.

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  • Photo: The centaur Chiron teaching Achilles how to play the lyre, Roman fresco from Herculaneum, National Archaeological Museum of Naples. First century AD, Source: www.focus.de, upload by muesse • Public domain.

  • Chiron at the Ancient History Encyclopedia, Centaur (Retrieved on October 21, 2017).