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CHIRON, or CHEIRON

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 239 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHIRON, or CHEIRON, in Greek mythology, one of the Centaurs, the son of Cronus and Philyra, a sea nymph. He dwelt at the foot of Mount Pelion, and was famous for his wisdom and knowledge of the healing art. He offers a remarkable contrast to the other Centaurs in manners and character. Many of the most celebrated heroes of Greece were brought up and instructed by him (Apollodorus iii. ro. 13). Accidentally pierced by a poisoned arrow shot by Heracles, he renounced his immortality in favour of Prometheus, and was placed by Zeus among the stars as the constellation Sagittarius (Apollodorus ii. 5; Ovid, Fasti, v. 414). In a Pompeian wall-painting he is shown teaching Achilles to play the lyre. See articles in Pauly-Wissowa's Realencyclopadie and W. H. Roscher's Lexikon der Mythologie; W. Mannhardt, Wald- and Feldkulte (1904).
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