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The centaur Chiron tutors the young hero Jason. Roman fresco from Herculaneum. Photo: Scala/Art Resource, NY.

Chiron (KYE-ron). A kindly centaur, Chiron was sired by Cronus when in the form of a horse. The other centaurs, who were notoriously uncivilized and prone to violence when intoxicated, were of a different lineage. Chiron was tutor to Jason and Heracles.