Centaurs have been often viewed as the negative primal force, but there is room for this argument. There are two types of Centaurs: The primal and the refined.
They are often featured in art and architecture portraying the mythological story of Centaurs versus Lapiths at the wedding of Pirithous.
|Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths, by Piero di Cosimo|
|Pirithous, Hippodamia & the Centaur Eurytion,|
Apulian red-figure krater C4th B.C., British Museum
|Amphora suggested to be Achilles riding Chiron. |
British Museum ref 1956,1220.1
Chiron is an unique centaur whose lineage is not the same as other centaurs. He is the son of Cronus and the nymph Philyra. Cronus assumed the shape of a horse to impregnated the nymph. While other centaurs are from the union of Ixion and Nephele. Also, Chiron is unique in his appearance, as he can be seen as to having human legs on his front half and horse on the other half.
|A lekythos depicting Chiron and Achilles|
Chiron's fame comes from being the teacher, tutor, healer, and astrologer. He is renowned for having taught: Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, Perseus- and in some renditions Herakles, Oileus, Phoenix.
|Chiron in the Percy Jackson Series|
There is a clear different between these two types of "centaurs" However, Chiron is rarely defined as a centaur due to his appearance and noble character. But, Chiron was honored at his death to be placed into the heavens as a constellation known as Centaurus.
Most people know this constellation as Sagittarius, which is ironic of course because Chiron died of an arrow wound. Thus, would it appear that centaurs live in media (books, films, tv series) and their representation is not lost to us. They are being unbound to nature, but not quite befitting of civilization. They are the wild man- the man who is in touch themselves and with the nature that surrounds them.