Study Guide

Chiron

  • Profile

    Chiron was a wise and gentle centaur, famous for his knowledge of prophecy and medicine and also for being a tutor and mentor to some of Greece's greatest heroes. Achilles, Jason, and many others learned the fundamentals of heroism at Chiron's feet... or we guess we should say hooves, since Chiron had the upper body of a man and the lower body of a horse—just like the rest of centaurkind. Though he looked a lot like his half-horse cousins, Chiron's keen intelligence and mild attitude set him apart from other centaurs, who were known for getting drunk and stupid any chance they got. Poor Chiron's teaching career ended far too early when Heracles accidentally shot him with an arrow dipped in Hydra venom. In honor of his great contribution to the world, the wisest of centaurs was placed among the stars: now he can be seen glimmering in the sky as the constellation Sagittarius, or Centaurus, depending on who you ask.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Chiron, Kheiron

    Nickname

    Mr. C, Professor Chiron

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    I'm up in the stars

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Professor of Heroism (Hero 101 is my most popular class)


    General Duties:
    Instructing young heroes in all the skills necessary to be legendary and heroic

    Education

    Apollo and Artemis' School for Half-Animals

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Zeusist

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Kronos, Philyra

    Children

    Hippe, Endeis, Ocyrhoe, Carystus

    Enemies

    Coalemus, god of stupidity (he should be everyone's enemy)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    My Students: Jason, Achilles, Patroclus, Peleus, Asclepius, Actaeon, Aristaeus, Medus

    Interested in

    Married to Chariclo

    Favorites

    Quotations

    "A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye."
    – Samuel Grafton

    "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
    – Henry Brooks Adams

    "Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity."
    – Hippocrates

    "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
    – William Arthur Ward

    "We are the living links in a life force that moves and plays around and through us, binding the deepest soils with the farthest stars."
    – Alan Chadwick

    Books

    The Centaur by John Updike
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
    The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk
    Ulysses by James Joyce
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Gray's Anatomy
    An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
    Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas

    Music

    Peach Plum Pear by Joanna Newsom
    Beauty and the Beast performed by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion
    My Favorite Things performed by John Coltrane (I do love hybrid genres)
    Symphony no. 6 by Beethoven (as seen in Fanstasia)
    No One's Gonna Love You by Band of Horses
    The Teacher Song from Sister Act 2
    Man or Muppet from The Muppets

    Movies

    Dead Poets Society
    Stand and Deliver
    House (TV show)
    Election
    Mr. Holland's Opus
    Grey's Anatomy (TV show)
    Dangerous Minds
    To Sir, With Love
    The Man Without a Face
    Patch Adams

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Herbal medicine
    The Hubble Telescope
    The Library of Congress
    Fortunetellers (skilled ones, at least)
    Professor Xavier from the X-men

    Interests

    Medicine
    Prophecy
    Astrology
    Education
    Mentorship

    Groups

    Stargazers
    Astrology Club
    Society for Alternative Medicine
    Teachers' Alliance
    Forgive Student Loan Debt
    The Society for Half-Animal Rights

  • Spotter's Guide

    You absolutely have to have a chat with Chiron, the centaur. For one, he's half-man half-horse, which is just kind of cool. But on top of that, he's the man behind all of your favorite heroes, from Jason to Achilles. Spend a few minutes with him and you'll see why he's such a great teacher. He holds his students to high standards, but he's also one of the gentlest, most patient guys you'll ever meet. And, of course, he's got brains out the wazoo. He knows everything about everything, but his specialties are medicine, prophecy, and the stars. In fact, he probably knows even more about the stars now that he's made up of them. Yep, it's true. After Chiron died, he was placed among the stars as the constellation Sagittarius... or was it Centaurus?... those two get confused sometimes. Don't let that deter you, though. Pegasus' stable is just around the corner: I'm sure he won't mind taking you to see the wisest centaur of them all.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Middle-aged
    Build: Totally toned
    Complexion: Tan
    Hair Color: Brown/black
    Facial Hair: Full beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: None
    Clothing: None (yowza!)
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: Bow and arrow, sometimes

    Typical Companions:

    Students: Achilles, Patroclus, Jason, Peleus, Asclepius, Actaeon, Aristaeus, Medus

    Known Hangouts:

    Mt. Pelion
    Libraries
    Among the stars

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus

    The wise centaur mentors young Jason in this epic poem.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Inferno by Dante

    In the seventh circle of Hell, Chiron leads a bunch of other centaurs as they fire arrows at any damned soul trying to escape from the Phlegethon. How kind.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

    Chiron is rightly given the role of head teacher at Camp Halfblood in the Percy Jackson series. Rick Riordan knew his stuff.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Lightning Thief

    Chiron hits the big screen in the film version of the first book of the Percy Jackson series. Pierce Brosnan pretty much nails it.