August 30th, 2007
Centaurs in Greek Mythology
"These monsters were represented as men from thehead to the loins, while the rest of the body was that of a horse. The ancients were too fond of a horse toconsider the union of his nature with man's as forming avery degraded compound, and accordingly the Centauris the only one of the fancied monsters of antiquity towhich any good traits are assigned. The Centaurs wereadmitted to the companionship of man, and at themarriage of Pirithous with Hippodamia they were amongthe guests. At the feast of Eurytion, one of the Centaurs,becoming intoxicated with the wine, attempted to offerviolence to the bride; the other Centaurs followed hisexample, and a dreadful conflict arose in which severalof them were slain. This is the celebrated battle of theLapiths and the Centaurs, a favorite subject with thesculptors and poets of antiquity.But not all the Centaurs were like the rude guests of Pirithous. Chiron was instructed byApolloandArtemis,
and was renowned for his skill in hunting, medicine,music, and the art of prophecy. The most distinguishedheroes of Greek history were his pupils. Among the restthe infant Asklepios was intrusted to his charge byApollo, his father. When the sage returned to his homebearing the infant, his daughter Ocyroe came forth tomeet him, and at sight of the child burst forth into aprophetic strain (for she was a prophetess), foretellingthe glory that he was to achieve. Asklepios when grownup became a renowned physician, and even in one
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