See Article History Alternative Title: Kentauros Centaur, Greek Kentauros, in Greek mythologya race of creatures, part horse and part mandwelling in the mountains of Thessaly and Arcadia. Traditionally they were the offspring of Ixionking of the neighbouring Lapithsand were best known for their fight centauromachy with the Lapiths, which resulted from their attempt to carry off the bride of Pirithousson and successor of Ixion.
Conway Greek lyric C5th B.
Well is it for a man to take the measure of each deed by his own stature. Unto the full deep tides of woe loves which transgress the law casts a man down, who sets foot there. For with a Cloud Nephele he lay, pursuing sweet falsehood, that man of folly.
The centaur semblance like [Hera] the all-high Sovereign daughter of The centaur Cronus son of Ouranos Uranus, Heaventhis phantom came, this guile, proffered him by the hands of Zeus, a beauteous bane.
Thus on the four-spoked wheel he gave his limbs to bondage, his own destruction. From whence is no escape, he heard the message that he must spread to all the world. Aldrich Greek mythographer C2nd A. When Ixion bragged that he had slept with Hera, Zeus punished him by tying him to a wheel, on which he was turned by winds up in the air.
Oldfather Greek historian C1st B. Thereupon, men say, Zeus formed a figure of Hera out of cloud and sent it to him, and Ixion lying with the cloud nephele begat the Kentauroi Centaursas they are called, which have the shapes of men. The Kentauroi Centaursaccording to some writers, were reared by the Nymphai Nymphs on Mount Pelion, and when they attained to manhood they consorted with mares and brought into being the Hippokentauroi Hippocentaursas they are called, which are creatures of double form; but others say that it was the Kentauroi born of Ixion and Nephele who were called Hippokentauroi, because they were the first to essay the riding of horses, and that they were then made into a fictitious myth, to the effect that they were of double form.
Fairbanks Greek rhetorician C3rd A. But after all they had, as we see, mothers of the same stock [i.
Kentaurides Centaurides ] and wives next and colts as their offspring and a most delightful home; for I think you would not grow weary of Pelion and the life there and its wind-nurtured growth of ash which furnishes spear-shafts that are straight and at the same time do not break at the spearhead.
And its caves are most beautiful and the springs and the Kentaurides beside them. Of the baby Kentauroi here some lie wrapped in swaddling clothes, some have discarded their swaddling clothes, some seem to be crying, some are happy and smile as they suck flowing breasts, some gambol beneath their mothers while others embrace them when they kneel down, and one is throwing a stone at his mother, for already he grows wanton.
The bodies of the infants have not yet taken on their definite shape, seeing that abundant milk is still their nourishment, but some that already are leaping about show a little shagginess, and have sprouted mane and hoofs, though these are still tender. There is also a white female centaur that grows out of a black mare, and the very opposition of the colours helps to produce the united beauty of the whole.
But after all they have, as we see, mothers of the same stock and wives next [the Kentaurides] and colts as their offspring and a most delightful home [in the vales of Mount Pelion].
Grant Roman mythographer C2nd A. From this the Centauri Centaurs were born.
Rackham Roman rhetorician C1st B. Shewring Greek epic C8th B. Wine it was that darkened the wits of Eurytion the Kentauros Centaur in the palace of bold Peirithoos. The heroes were seized with indignation; they leapt up, they dragged the Kentauros across the courtyard and out of doors, they lopped off his ears and nose with the ruthless bronze, and the frenzied creature went his way, taking his retribution with him in his still darkened mind.
From this beginning came the long feud between men and Kentauroi Centaursbut it was Eurytion first of all who brought chastisement on himself by his drunkenness. Lattimore Greek epic C8th B. These were the strongest generation of earth-born mortals, the strongest, and they fought against the strongest, the beast-men pheres [i.Jim Neaves, of Centaur Archery has a nice line of Custom Fitted Deflex-Reflex Longbows.
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