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Centaur
A bronze statue of a centaur,
after the Younger Centaur.
Creature
Name: Centaur
AKA: Kentaur, Kentauros, Centaurus
Classification
Grouping: Legendary creature
Sub grouping: Hybrid
Similar creatures: Minotaur, satyr, harpy
Data
Mythology: Greek
Region: Greece
Habitat: Land

In Greek mythology, the Centaurs (from Ancient Greek: Κένταυροι - Kéntauroi) are a race of creatures composed of part human and part horse. In early Attic vase-paintings, they are depicted as the torso of a human joined at the (human's) waist to the horse's withers, where the horse's neck would be. Centaur may refer to: Centaur, a mythological creature Centaur Technology, a CPU design company Centaur, an icy planetoid between Jupiter and Neptune Centaur, an American rocket stage used for space launches Acme Centaur, a conversion program for the Stinson L-13 Centaur Productions, a studio for gay pornography Category: ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 158 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Centaure en bronze à la Malmaison File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are... The Furietti Centaurs (known as the Old Centaur and Young Centaur, or Older Centaur and Younger Centaur, when being treated separately) are a pair of Hellenistic grey-black marble sculptures of centaurs. ... A legendary creature is a mythological or folkloric creature (often known as fabulous creatures in historical literature). ... This article is about a biological term. ... This article is about the mythological monster. ... A bald, bearded, horse-tailed satyr balances a winecup on his erect penis, a trick worthy of note, on an Attic red-figured psykter, ca. ... Harpy (from Latin: Harpyia, Greek: Άρπυια, Harpuia, pl. ... The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the Ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. ... Beginning of Homers Odyssey The Ancient Greek language is the historical stage of the Greek language[1] as it existed during the Archaic (9th–6th centuries BC) and Classical (5th–4th centuries BC) periods in Ancient Greece. ... This article is about modern humans. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... Attica (in Greek: Αττική, Attike; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is a periphery (subdivision) in Greece, containing Athens, the capital of Greece. ... Bilingual amphora by the Andokides Painter, ca. ... The withers is the highest point on an animals back, on the ridge between its shoulder blades. ...


This half-human and half-animal composition has led many writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between the two natures, embodied in contrasted myths, and as the embodiment of untamed nature, as in their battle with the Lapiths, or conversely as teachers, like Chiron. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Lapith and a Centaur: a metope from the Parthenon In Greek mythology, the Lapiths were a legendary race, whose home was in Thessaly on the mountain Pelion. ... Chiron and Achilles In Greek mythology, Chiron (hand) — sometimes transliterated Cheiron or rarely Kiron — was held as the superlative centaur among his brethren. ...


The centaurs were usually said to have been born of Ixion and Nephele (the cloud made in the image of Hera). Another version, however, makes them children of a certain Centaurus, who mated with the Magnesian mares. This Centaurus was either the son of Ixion and Nephele (instead of the Centaurs) or of Apollo and Stilbe, daughter of the river god Peneus. In the latter version of the story his twin brother was Lapithus, ancestor of the Lapiths, thus making the two warring peoples cousins. This article is about the Greek myth. ... In Greek mythology, Nephele (from Greek: nephos, cloud) was the goddess of Clouds who figured prominently in the story of Phrixus and Helle. ... For other uses, see Hera (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, Centaurus was the founder of the Centaur race - a breed of half-men, half-horse warriors that inhabited northern Greece. ... This article is about the Greek myth. ... In Greek mythology, Nephele (from Greek: nephos, cloud) was the goddess of Clouds who figured prominently in the story of Phrixus and Helle. ... For other uses, see Apollo (disambiguation). ... Stilbe in Greek mythology was a nymph, daughter of the river god Peneus and the Naiad Creusa. ... In Greek mythology, Peneus (Πηνειός) was a river god, one of the three-thousand Rivers, a child of Oceanus and Tethys. ... In Greek mythology, the Lapiths were a semi-legendary, semi-historical race, whose home was in Thessaly in the valley of the Peneus. ...


Centaurs were said to have inhabited the region of Magnesia and Mount Pelion in Thessaly, Mount Pholoe in Arcadia and the Malean peninsula in southern Laconia. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Map showing Thessaly periphery in Greece Thessaly (Θεσσαλια; modern Greek Thessalía; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is one of the 13 peripheries of Greece, and is further sub-divided into 4 prefectures. ... This article is about a region of Greece. ... Laconia (; see also List of traditional Greek place names), also known as Lacedaemonia, is a prefecture in Greece. ...

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Centauromachy

Painting by Sebastiano Ricci, of Centaurs at the marriage of Pirithous, king of the Lapithae

The Centaurs are best known for their fight with the Lapithae, caused by their attempt to carry off Hippodamia and the rest of the Lapith women, on the day of her marriage to Pirithous, king of the Lapithae, himself the son of Ixion. The strife among these cousins is a metaphor for the conflict between the lower appetites and civilized behavior in humankind. Theseus, a hero and founder of cities, who happened to be present, threw the balance in favor of the right order of things, and assisted Pirithous. The Centaurs were driven off or destroyed.[1][2][3]. Another Lapith hero, Caeneus, who was invulnerable to weapons, was beaten into the earth by Centaurs wielding rocks and the branches of trees. Centaurs are thought of in many Greek myths as wild as untamed horses. Like the Titanomachy, the defeat of the Titans by the Olympian gods, the contests with the Centaurs typify the struggle between civilization and barbarism. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3176x2546, 567 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Centaur User:Serpents Choice/Sandbox ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3176x2546, 567 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Centaur User:Serpents Choice/Sandbox ... The Dream of Aesculapius (c. ... Abduction of Hippodamia, Peter Paul Rubens, c. ... In Greek mythology, Pirithous (also transliterated as Perithoos or Peirithoos) was the King of the Lapiths and husband of Hippodamia. ... This article is about the Greek myth. ... Theseus (Greek ) was a legendary king of Athens, son of Aethra, and fathered by Aegeus and Poseidon, with whom Aethra lay in one night (By some accounts, this was presented as a rape). ... Poseidon and Caenis, woodcut illustration of Ovid by Virgil Solis, 1563 In Greek mythology, Caeneus (Ancient Greek Καινεύς or Kaineus) was a Lapith hero and originally a Thessalonian woman, Caenis. ... In Greek mythology, the Titanomachy, or War of the Titans (Greek: Τιτανομαχία), was the eleven-year series of battles fought between the two races of deities long before the existence of mankind: the Titans, fighting from Mount Othrys, and the Olympians, who would come to reign on Mount Olympus. ... This article is about the race of Titans in Greek mythology. ... The Twelve Olympians by Monsiau, circa late 18th century. ...


The Centauromachy is most famously portrayed in the Parthenon metopes by Phidias and a Renaissance-era sculpture by Michelangelo. The Parthenon west façade For other uses, see Parthenon (disambiguation). ... Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Phidias (or Pheidias) (in ancient Greek, ) (c. ... Battle of the Centaurs is a relief done by the Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, around 1492. ...


Theories of origin

Centaur carrying off a nymph by Laurent Marqueste, marble, 1892, Tuileries Gardens, Paris.
Centaur carrying off a nymph by Laurent Marqueste, marble, 1892, Tuileries Gardens, Paris.

The most common theory holds that the idea of centaurs came from the first reaction of a non-riding culture, as in the Minoan Aegean world, to nomads who were mounted on horses. The theory goes that such riders would appear as half-man, half-animal (Bernal Díaz del Castillo reported that the Aztecs had this misapprehension about Spanish cavalrymen).[4] Horse taming and horseback culture arose first in the southern steppe grasslands of Central Asia, perhaps approximately in modern Kazakhstan. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 398 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2400 × 3610 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 398 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2400 × 3610 pixel, file size: 3. ... In Greek mythology, a nymph is any member of a large class of female nature entities, either bound to a particular location or landform or joining the retinue of a god or goddess. ... Nessus, 1892 (Tuileries Gardens, Paris) Laurent-Honoré Marqueste (Toulouse 12 June 1848 — Paris, 5 April 1920) was a French sculptor in the neo-Baroque Beaux-Arts tradition. ... Up to 1871 the Tuileries Palace was a palace in Paris, France, on the right bank of the River Seine. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... The Minoan civilization was a bronze age civilization which arose on the island of Crete. ... Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492 or 1493 - 1581) was a conquistador, who wrote an eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico under Hernán Cortés. ... For other uses, see Aztec (disambiguation). ... There are a number of theories regarding the domestication of the horse. ... This article is about the ecological zone type. ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a region of Asia from the Caspian Sea in the west to central China in the east, and from southern Russia in the north to...


Persistence of the Centaur myth in the Roman Empire was probably reinforced by the Hun invasions (in particular Attila), where mounted archery was especially devastating. [5]


The Lapith tribe of Thessaly, who were the kinsmen of the Centaurs in myth, were described as the inventors of horse-back riding by Greek writers. The Thessalian tribes also claimed their horse breeds were descended from the centaurs.


Of the various Classical Greek authors who mentioned centaurs, Pindar was the first who describes undoubtedly a combined monster. Previous authors (Homer etc) only use words such as Pheres (Beasts) that could also mean ordinary savage men riding ordinary horses. However, contemporaneous representations of hybrid centaurs can be found in archaic Greek art. Beginning of Homers Odyssey The Ancient Greek language is the historical stage of the Greek language[1] as it existed during the Archaic (9th–6th centuries BC) and Classical (5th–4th centuries BC) periods in Ancient Greece. ... For the PINDAR military bunker in London, please see the PINDAR section of Military citadels under London Pindar (or Pindarus, Greek: ) (probably born 522 BC in Cynoscephalae, a village in Boeotia; died 443 BC in Argos), was a Greek lyric poet. ... This article is about the Greek poet Homer and the works attributed to him. ... Greece has a rich and varied artistic history, spanning some 5000 years and beginning in the Cycladic and Minoan prehistorical civilization, giving birth to Western classical art in the ancient period (further developing this during the Hellenistic Period), to taking in the influences of Eastern civilizations and the new religion...


Writer Robert Graves has speculated that the Centaurs of Greek myth were a dimly-remembered, pre-Hellenic fraternal earth cult who had the horse as a totem.[citation needed] A similar theory was incorporated into Mary Renault's The Bull from the Sea. Robert von Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was an English poet, scholar, and novelist. ... For other uses, see Totem (disambiguation). ... Mary Renault (pronounced Ren-olt[1]) (4 September 1905 – 13 December 1983) born Mary Challans, was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. ...


The Greek word kentauros could be etymologized as ken - tauros = "piercing bull". Another possible etymology can be "bulls slayer". Some say that the Greeks took the constellation of Centaurus, and also its name "piercing bull", from Mesopotamia, where it symbolized the god Baal who represents rain and fertility, fighting with and piercing with his horns the demon Mot who represents the summer drought. (In Greece, Mot became the constellation of Lupus.) Later in Greece, the constellation of Centaurus was reinterpreted as a man riding a horse, and linked to legends of Greece being invaded by tribes of horsemen from the north. The idea of a combined monster may have arisen as an attempt to fit the pictorial figure to the stars better. Etymologies redirects here. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Mesopotamia was a cradle of civilization geographically located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, largely corresponding to modern-day Iraq. ... For other uses, see Baal (disambiguation). ... In Ugaritic Mot Death (spelled mt) is personified as a god of death. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ...


Alexander Hislop in his book The Two Babylons theorized that the word is derived from the Semitic Kohen and Tor via phonetic shift the less prominent consonants being lost over time ,with it developing into Khen Tor or Ken-Tor, and being transliterated phonetically into Ionian as Kentaur. Alexander Hislop (Born at Duns, Berwickshire, 1807; died Arbroath, 13 March 1865) was a Free Church of Scotland minister famous for his outspoken criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church. ... Original cover of The Two Babylons, which alleges that many of the Roman Catholic churches doctrines and ceremonies came from ancient Babylonian culture. ... In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic (from the Biblical Shem, Hebrew: שם, translated as name, Arabic: سام) was first used to refer to a language family of largely Middle Eastern origin, now called the Semitic languages. ... Cohen (disambiguation) Position of the kohens hands and fingers during the Priestly Blessing A kohen (or cohen, Hebrew כּהן, priest, pl. ... Template:Jews and Jewdaism Template:The Holy Book Named TorRah The Torah () is the most valuable Holy Doctrine within Judaism,(and for muslims) revered as the first relenting Word of Ulllah, traditionally thought to have been revealed to Blessed Moosah, An Apostle of Ulllah. ... Phonetics (from the Greek word φωνή, phone meaning sound or voice) is the study of the sounds of human speech. ... In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a sound in spoken language that is characterized by a closure or stricture of the vocal tract sufficient to cause audible turbulence. ... Distribution of Greek dialects, ca. ...

Centaurs harvest grapes on a 12th-century capital from the abbey of Mozac in the Auvergne

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 771 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2200 × 1712 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 771 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2200 × 1712 pixels, file size: 2. ... The Abbey of Mozac (Auvergne, France), near to Riom is classified as a historical monument and site of Roman civilization. ... Capital Clermont-Ferrand Area 26,013 km² Regional President Pierre-Joël Bonté (PS) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 19th) 1,327,000 1,308,878 51/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 158 Communes 1,310 Départements Allier Cantal Haute-Loire Puy-de-Dôme...

Female Centaurs

Though female centaurs, called Kentaurides are not mentioned in early Greek literature and art, they do appear occasionally in later antiquity. A Macedonian mosaic of the C4th BCE[6] is one of the earliest examples of the Centauress in art. Ovid[7] also mentions a centauress named Hylonome who committed suicide when her lover Cyllarus was killed in the war with the Lapiths. Kentaurides (or Centaurides) are the female members of the Kentauroi tribe, a tribe of centaurs in Greek Mythology. ... For other uses, see Ovid (disambiguation). ... Hylonme was a female centaur in Greek myth. ... Cyllarus was a centaur in Greek myth. ...


In a description of a painting in Neapolis, the Greek rhetorician Philostratus the Elder describes them as sisters and wives of the male centaurs who live on Mount Pelion with their children. Location of the city of Naples (red dot) within Italy. ... Philostratus, was the name of several, three (or four), Greek sophists of the Roman imperial period: Philostratus the Athenian (c. ...

"How beautiful the Centaurides are, even where they are horses; for some grow out of white mares, others are attached to chestnut mares, and the coats of others are dappled, but they glisten like those of horses that are well cared for. 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."[8]

In the Disney Classic Fantasia, during the Pastoral Symphony, some of the main characters are female centaurs. However, the Disney studio called them "Centaurettes" instead of Kentaurides. Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, produced by Walt Disney and first released on November 13, 1940 in the United States. ... Kentaurides (or Centaurides) are the female members of the Kentauroi tribe, a tribe of centaurs in Greek Mythology. ...


Persistence in the medieval world

Prince Bova fights Polkan in an 1860 Russian lubok
Prince Bova fights Polkan in an 1860 Russian lubok

Centaurs preserved a Dionysian connection in the 12th century Romanesque carved capitals of Mozac Abbey in the Auvergne, where other capitals depict harvesters, boys riding goats (a further Dionysiac theme) and griffins guarding the chalice that held the wine. In Russian, Lubok (Cyrillic: Лубок) stands for: The bark of tilia, which had a variety of uses in Russia. ... This article is about the ancient deity. ... South transept of Tournai Cathedral, Belgium, 12th century. ... A capital of the Composite order In Western architecture, the capital (from the Latin caput, head) forms the crowning member of the column, which projects on each side as it rises, in order to support the abacus and unite the square form of the latter with the circular shaft. ... The holy women at the tomb of Christ on a capital preserved from Romanesque Mozac, 12th century Mozac Abbey is a former Cluniac monastery in the commune of Mozac near Riom in Auvergne, France. ... (Region flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Clermont-Ferrand Regional President René Souchon (PS) (since 2006) Departments Allier Cantal Haute-Loire Puy-de-Dôme Arrondissements 14 Cantons 158 Communes 1,310 Statistics Land area1 26,013 km² Population (Ranked 19th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... For other uses, see Griffin (disambiguation). ... Derrynaflan Chalice, an 8th or 9th Century chalice, found in County Tipperary, Ireland For other uses, see Chalice A chalice (from Latin calix, cup, borrowed from Greek kalyx, shell, husk) is a goblet intended to hold drink. ...


A centaur-like half-human half-equine creature called Polkan (Russian: Полкан) appeared in Russian folklore, folk art, and lubok prints of the 17th-19th centuries. Russian mythical heros See Ilya Muromets, Dobrynya Nikitich, Alyosha Popovich, Svyatogor, Nightingale the Robber, Bogatyr, Bylina Spirits See Koschei, Baba Yaga, Leshiy, Domovoi Categories: Russia-related stubs ... In Russian, Lubok (Cyrillic: Лубок) stands for: The bark of tilia, which had a variety of uses in Russia. ...


Modern Day

  • The John C. Hodges library at The University of Tennessee hosts a permanent exhibit of a "Centaur from Volos", in its library. The exhibit, made by combining a study human skeleton with the skeleton of a Shetland pony is entitled "Do you believe in Centaurs?" and was meant to mislead students in order to make them more critically aware, according to the exhibitors.[9]
  • A centaur is one of the symbols associated with Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated.
  • A centaur is one of the key characters in the Artemis Fowl series.
  • A centaur is also the mascot of Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity. Whereas centaurs in Greek mythology were generally symbolic of chaos and unbridled passions, Delta Lambda Phi's centaur is modeled after Chiron and represents honor, moderation and tempered masculinity.
  • Centaurs, among many other fantastic creatures, played a key role in one of the animated shorts from Disney's Fantasia. Among them were the typical white, bay, and chestnut centaurs, along with various unnatural colors, and also a pair of "Nubian" centaurs which were dark-skinned and Zebra.
  • The Mortal Kombat character Motaro is the leader of his centaur race, with his first appearance in game he is a boss character and made to be hard to beat.
  • Buck 65's 1997 song "The Centaur" is a first person narrative about a physically powerful man who just wants to be taken seriously.

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Centaurs in modern fiction

Centaurs have appeared in many places in modern fiction, and may be regarded as a fantasy trope. In literature, a trope is a familiar and repeated symbol, meme, theme, motif, style, character or thing that permeates a particular type of literature. ...

General Oreius as in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
General Oreius as in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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See also

Other hybrid creatures appear in Greek mythology, always with some liminal connection that links Hellenic culture with archaic or non-Hellenic cultures:

Harpy (from Latin: Harpyia, Greek: Άρπυια, Harpuia, pl. ... This article is about the mythological monster. ... For other uses, see Mermaid (disambiguation). ... A bald, bearded, horse-tailed satyr balances a winecup on his erect penis, a trick worthy of note, on an Attic red-figured psykter, ca. ... For other uses, see Sphinx (disambiguation). ... Zeus darting his lightning at Typhon, Chalcidian black-figured hydria, ca. ...

References

  1. ^ Plutarch, Theseus, 30
  2. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses xii. 210
  3. ^ Diodorus Siculusiv. 69, 70
  4. ^ Stuart Chase, Mexico: A Study of Two Americas, Chapter IV (University of Virginia Hypertext), accessed 24 April 2006.
  5. ^ John Man, Attila the Hun.
  6. ^ Pella Archaeological Museum
  7. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses 12. 210 ff., the name Hylonome is Greek so Ovid may have drawn her story from an earlier Greek writer
  8. ^ Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 2. 3.
  9. ^ Anderson, Maggie (August 26 2004). "Library hails centaur’s 10th anniversary" 97 (7 or 8). 

Mestrius Plutarchus (Greek: Πλούταρχος; 46 - 127), better known in English as Plutarch, was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist. ... For other uses, see Ovid (disambiguation). ... Disambiguation: This article is about the poem Metamorphoses written by the poet Ovid. ... Diodorus Siculus (c. ...

Sources

  • M. Grant and J. Hazel. Who's Who in Greek Mythology. David McKay & Co Inc, 1979.
  • Rose, Carol (2001). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 72. ISBN 0393322114. 

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