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The more numerous and unruly centaurs are those born of the union of Ixion, King of the Lapithae and a cloud which Zeus disguised as his own wife, Hera, whom Ixion had bragged of having relations with.
The wicked centaurs are the antithesis of the knight and the horseman.
Centaurs may be seen in pictures of St. Anthony Abbot who met both a centaur and a satyr when searching for St. Paul the Hermit in the desert.
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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Battle of the Centaurs
The Battle of the Centaurs is a relief done by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.
The Centaur was depicted in arts to have a head, chest and arms of a man, while the rest of his body was that of a horse.
The centaurs were the offspring of Ixion and Nephele (the rain-cloud), or of Kentauros (the son of these two) and some Magnesian mares or of Apollo acid Hebe.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Battle-of-the-Centaurs   (288 words)

  Centaurs - LoveToKnow 1911
CENTAURS, in Greek mythology, a race of beings part horse part man, dwelling in the mountains of Thessaly and Arcadia.
The centaurs were the offspring of Ixion and Nephele (the rain-cloud), or of Kentauros (the son of these two) and some Magnesian mares or of Apollo acid Hebe.
It is suggested as the origin of the legend, that the Greeks in early times, to whom riding was unfamiliar, regarded the horsemen of the northern hordes as one and the same with their horses; hence the idea of the Centaur as half-man, half-animal.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Centaurs   (411 words)

 XVI. d. The Centaurs. Vols. I & II: Stories of Gods and Heroes. Bulfinch, Thomas. 1913. Age of Fable
The Centaurs were admitted to the companionship of man, and at the marriage of Pirithous with Hippodamia they were among the guests.
At the feast Eurytion, one of the Centaurs, becoming intoxicated with the wine, attempted to offer violence to the bride; the other Centaurs followed his example, and a dreadful conflict arose in which several of them were slain.
This is the celebrated battle of the Lapithæ and Centaurs, a favorite subject with the sculptors and poets of antiquity.
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Proud and strong, the Centaurs are among the oldest of the peoples of the World, and their kingdoms still stretch across the heart of the plains, little changed from the nations they built in the first Age of the World.
Nobility and honor shine in the eyes of every Centaur, and it is said that the deeds of ancient Centaur heroes were the inspiration for the High King's conception of chivalry and the Code.
It is said that the Centaurs were the first to teach the ways of Law and War to the Sons of Men, and the Horse Princes are still strong allies of Humankind.
chronicle.ubi.com /Centaurs.php   (219 words)

The centaurs of Greek mythology are creatures that are part human and part horse.
Centaurs are the followers of the wine god Dionysus and are well known for drunkenness and carrying off helpless young maidens.
An exception was the kind and wise centaur Chiron, the teacher of the Greek heroes Jason and Achilles.
www.pantheon.org /articles/c/centaurs.html   (178 words)

 Mythology Guide - The Centaurs
Centaurs followed his example, and a dreadful conflict arose in
But all the Centaurs were not like the rude guests of Pirithous.
Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the Centaurs, and at his
www.online-mythology.com /centaurs   (284 words)

 CENTAURS, Greek Mythology Link - www.maicar.com
The CENTAURS were creatures living in the mountains of Thessaly that had the upper part of a human being and the lower part of a horse.
The LAPITHS are a people from Thessaly, who became famous mainly because of their battle against the CENTAURS, during which they were assisted by Pirithous and his friend Theseus.
Diodorus 4.69.1 says, however, that Centaurus was son of Apollo and Stilbe, daughter of the river god Peneus (the Thessalian river flowing from the foot of Mount Pindus) and Creusa 3, a Naiad (Pin.
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 Casa Buonarroti - Works of Michelangelo
The earliest mention of the Battle of the Centaurs is to be found in a letter written in 1527 by the agent of the Gonzaga family in Florence, Giovanni Borromeo, to Federico, Marchese of Mantua, who wanted to get hold of a work by Michelangelo at any price.
It has rightly been observed that the position of Christ the Judge, the fulcrum for the whole action of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, is reminiscent of the central figure in the Battle: yet another sign that the memory of the masterpiece of his youth was still vivid for the artist.
In all likelihood the Battle was left incomplete by Michelangelo because of the death of Lorenzo the Magnificient, in the spring of 1492.
www.casabuonarroti.it /english/e-centa.htm   (433 words)

A fierce people of Thessaly, known for the battle with the Centaurs on the wedding of their king Pirithous.
During that occasion, the Centaurs attempted to abduct the bride.
The battle of the Centaurs and the Lapiths was a subject that was used repeatedly in ancient art.
www.pantheon.org /articles/l/lapiths.html   (73 words)

The Centaurs were particularly notorious for their bestial behavior at the wedding of Pirithous, King of the Lapiths, a mythological people said also to have lived in Thessaly.
The Centaurs were invited to this wedding, at which they became characteristically intoxicated and attempted to seize the Lapith women.
The battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths was a popular subject in the decoration of both pots and temples.
www.faculty.fairfield.edu /rosivach/cl115/centaurs.htm   (409 words)

Centaurs were expert at exploiting their extreme mobility by using their human intelligence combined with their equine strength and agility.
However, because of the Centaur's weaknesses in rough or closed terrain, infantry could be successful against them, and Xena made sure that whenever she could bring the Man Horses to battle it was on a battlefield of her own choosing.
The approximately fifteen thousand Centaurs that survived were to be the primary striking force of the alliance that Sisyphus was able to assemble to face Xena on the plains of Corinth.
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From this affair the Centaur was born and from his union with the mares that dwelt on Pelion the Centaurs were born.
According to yet a third interpretation, the Centaurs and the battle with the Centaurs symbolized the struggle of the Greeks against the barbarians.
The Centaurs were a favourite theme of artists and in the western pediment of the temple of Olympian Zeus at Olympia there is depicted the battle of the Centaurs with Apollo as the central figure which is one of the most beautiful sculptures of the god of light.
www.noteaccess.com /APPROACHES/AGW/Centaurs.htm   (521 words)

 Latin 1 - Mythology - Creatures and Monsters - Centaur
It was Centaurus that descended upon a herd of Magnesian mares and conceived the Centaurs.
The hostility between man and Centaurs is said to have originated when the Centaurs were invited to their stepbrother's (Pirithous), wedding celebration.
In one battle where the Centaurs were fighting, Chiron was accidentally wounded by one of Hercules' poisoned arrows.
www.dl.ket.org /latin1/mythology/2creatures/centaur.htm   (452 words)

 Ongoing Tales Fantasy Story Wild Centaurs Pt.5
Centaurs may possess exceptional strength and they might be almost impossible to kill, but Hithans were nothing to trifle with, either.
Not to mention that the centaurs who had mauled the Hithan army were large creatures the size of Arabians or even Clydesdales, while the band who had attacked Colvanius' soldiers were barely the size of the ponies ridden by children back in Hitha, their human bodies no larger than those of prepubescent adolescents.
The centaurs called it the Steaming Lake because of the thick banks of fog that constantly rolled over its surface as warm water met colder air, but the natives- people of great intelligence and cultural achievement surpassing even the Hithans- called it the Sacred Mother Ik and worshipped it as a sort of divine entity.
home.pacifier.com /~tales/SERIALS/fantasy/WILD05.html   (2522 words)

 President Bush declares war on centaurs by Jack Loftus — bush, humor, us politics | Gather
"Centaurs are a direct threat to the national security of our country and they weren't in the Bible," a release from the White House, written in crayon, said.
Centaurs are a fierce species of half-man, half-horse that are notoriously ill-mannered and prone to alcoholism.
The centaurs are a battle-hardened race thanks to an ancient war with their half-brothers, the Lapiths, who were eradicated by the centaurs after they allegedly hid a large stockpile of Tankards of Egregious Inebriation (TEIs) in a secret network of underground taverns.
www.gather.com /viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474976727184   (347 words)

The Centaurs were a tribe of half-man and half-horse, living in Magnesia, a coastal region in Thessaly.
When she gave birth to the Centaur, she was so ashamed that the gods had taken pity on her and had transformed her into a linden tree.
Nessus was one of the Centaurs who fought against the Lapiths, at the wedding of Peirithous and Hippodameia.
www.timelessmyths.com /classical/centaurs.html   (1428 words)

 Centaurs Article - Anatoly Krynsky Fine Art
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.
Vignettes of the battle between Lapiths and Centaurs were sculpted in bas-relief on the frieze of the Parthenon, which was dedicated to wise Athena.
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.
www.anatolykrynsky.com /articles/centaurs.htm   (749 words)

 Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs - Picture - MSN Encarta
In Greek mythology, the centaurs were notorious for uncivilized behavior.
When the Lapiths—neighbors of the centaurs—invited them to a wedding feast, they attempted to carry off the bride and other women.
The resulting battle is a favorite theme in classical Greek art.
ca.encarta.msn.com /media_461519946_761570116_-1_1/Battle_of_Lapiths_and_Centaurs.html   (61 words)

 Stalymaurs: The Race That Time Forgot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Centaurs are half horse and half men, yes, men, there was no such thing as a female centaur in Greek Mythology.
Centaurs were unable to reproduce with their own kind, in that they were only one gender; therefore, the only way that they could ensure the survival of their race was to reproduce interspecially via humans.
However, he became frustrated with his race for their inhospitality and cruelness toward the humans, and decided that he would rather die than to be named among them, it was at that point that he gave up his immortality, and began to age at a rapid rate, already being 890 years old.
www.nod-valley.k12.ia.us:16080 /students/2003/Stalymaur   (402 words)

The genealogies make them a kindred race with the Centaurs, their king Peirithoiis being the son, and the Centaurs the grandsons of Ixion.
The best-known legends with which they are connected are those of Ixion and the battle with the Centaurs.
A well-known Lapith was Caeneus, said to have been originally a girl named Caenis, the favourite of Poseidon, who changed her into a man and made her invulnerable.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/la/Lapiths.html   (195 words)

 THE BATTLE OF CORINTH, Part 5 of 6   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Once the target was annihilated the centaurs would retrieve what lances that they could and retire to reform and then begin another charge meant to break the entire enemy's front and begin the pursuit.
Within seconds the roar of battle was replaced by the screams of wounded and falling Centaurs as the formation barreled into the thick belt of caltrops.
The interviewee said that this withdrawal was one of the most courageous things she had ever seen and applauded the centaurs for their endurance under stress and coolness in a dangerous situation.
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 CENTAURS, NORTHERN : Centaurs of Magnesia in Thesssaly ; Greek mythology ; pictures : KENTAUROI
The Centaurs are particularly celebrated in ancient story for their fight with the Lapithae, which arose at the marriage-feast of Peirithous, and the subject of which was extensively used by ancient poets and artists.
I saw [centaur] Petraeus trying to uproot an acorn-laden oak and as his arms embraced it and he forced it to and fro, rocking its tottering trunk, Pirithous, hurling a lance that pierced Petraeus’ ribs, pinned fast his writhing chest to the tough wood.
On [centaur] Bienor’s back he leapt (a back not used to carry a soul except himself) and, knees gripping his flanks and left hand holding fast his head of hair, he swung the knotted club and smashed his mouth, screaming out threats, and broke his bony brow.
www.theoi.com /Georgikos/KentauroiThessalioi.html   (6847 words)

 lapncen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This depicts the battle between the Lapiths and Centaurs which occurred during the wedding of Peirithous, prince of the Lapiths, and Hippodameia.
Centaurs were also known to become even more uncontrollable when they consumed alcohol.
As with the paintings of Heracles' labors, this was a popular scene to depict as representing the battle of the Greeks and Persians.
oncampus.richmond.edu /academics/classics/students/Ribeiro/lapncen.htm   (193 words)

 Sarah Empson
The Battle of the Centaurs is a marble relief is 33 1/4 x 35 1/8 inches in area and deeper than many blocks of marble used by even the most famous of his sculpting predecessors.
The second level, where a Lapith is attempting to free a woman from the grasp of a centaur and the top level consisting of the row of figures that are engaging with the central figure of Eurytion.
However, neither of these arguments were as convincing as that by Wickoff claiming that The Battle of the Centaurs is actually the tale of the rape of Hippodameia by the Centaur, Eurytion, in book XII of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
www.resnet.trinity.edu /sempson   (1147 words)

 World Mythology: Greek and Roman Mythology: Mythical Creatures: Centaur
Centaurs were the half-man and half-horse creatures of mythology.
The centaurs were pushed from their home of Thessly and went to Mount Pindus.
Depicted: The Centaurs were usually depicted as the drunken followers of Dionysus, except for the famous tutor Chiron.
www.gods-heros-myth.com /godpages/centaur.html   (159 words)

 Strategy First Forums: the strange elven units
The guildmaster is a centaur whereas the archers are elves.
Besides, centaurs are usually depicted as being archers, in mythology.
I understand that centaurs are archers in mithology but why the thing is elves are the most notable archers so their leaders would make sense.
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 Greek Myths C-H
In some legends she is killed as a man (in the battle against the centaurs at the wedding of Pirithous and Hippodamia), and transformed back to a female and buried.
In other legends she is immortal as well as invulnerable and is buried alive under the weight of the rocks and tree trunks which were hurled upon him by the centaurs in that battle.
As the centaur Nessus was carrying her across a river he attempted to violate her; Heracles shot him with a poisoned arrow.
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 Greek Mythology Centaur
The father of Centaurs was Centaurus, who was held in disrepute by both men and gods.
The Centaurs as grandsons of Ixion claimed they were entitled to part of the land.
In the resulting battle the Centaurs were defeated and driven from the area.
edweb.sdsu.edu /people/bdodge/scaffold/GG/centaur.html   (553 words)

Once the target was annihilated the centaurs would retrieve what lances that they could and retire to reform and then begin another charge meant to break the entire enemy's front and begin the pursuit.
Within seconds the roar of battle was replaced by the screams of wounded and falling Centaurs as the formation barreled into the thick belt of caltrops.
The interviewee reported that she herself got within feet of Tyldus himself but the Centaur King was able to battle his way out of his predicament.
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 Centaurs - Olga's Gallery
Centaurs were fantastic beings, half man, and half horse.
Two of the centaurs, Chiron and Pholus, were of different origin, and consequently of different habits and behavior.
Centaurs frequently battled against each other, against Heracles, against Lapiths, a people of Thessaly.
www.abcgallery.com /mythology/centaurs.html   (85 words)

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