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