Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Κένταυροι [Kéntauroi]; Latin Centauri)

A. Myth

The Cs., chimaeras who are men down to the navel and stallions below, are sons of Ixion and Nephele (‘Cloud’) except Pholus (Ph.) and Chiron (Ch.). At the behest of Zeus, Nephele took the form of Hera, whom Ixion desired. Ph., son of Silenus (Silen, Satyr) and a nymph, and Ch., offspring of Cronus and Philyra, are the only Cs. not characterized by wildness, drunkenness, intemperateness etc. Ph. hospitably receives Heracles and, following an ancient commandment of Dionysus with pr…

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Leuker, Tobias, “Centaurs”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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