The centaur Chiron (mythology)

centaur Chiron and young Achilles
Chiron and the young Achilles
   In Greek mythology, Chiron was a learned centaur. The Greeks were fond of horses. Other mythological monsters were wholly devoid of good traits, but the cen­taur, half horse and half man, while sav­age at times, is represented often as wise and, to a greater or less extent, the friend of man. Chiron was instructed by Apol­lo and Diana, and became skilled, especial­ly in medicine, music, hunting, and the art of prophecy. Many renowned Grecian heroes were his pupils. The wise Chiron instructed Achilles, Hercules, Ulysses, Aeneas, and others. While chasing the boar Erymantheus, the capture of which was one of the twelve labors assigned him by Eurystheus, Hercules had a fight with the centaurs, drove them from Mount Pelion, and pur­sued them into the abode of Chiron. Here an arrow from his bow accidentally wounded his old teacher, and Chiron suf­fered tortures from its poison. In pity the gods put an end to his mortal life, but he was placed among the stars as the constellation Sagittarius or The Archer.