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(Κένταυρος; Kéntauros).

[German version]

[1] Father of the centaurs

According to Pind. Pyth. 2,21ff. son of  Ixion and  Nephele (the supposed Hera). C. fathers the  centaurs with the mares of Pelion (Diod. Sic. 4,70).

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[2] Ship

According to Virgil (Aen. 5,122; 10,195), name of a ship with the figure of a centaur.

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[3] Constellation

The constellation C., usually identified with  Chiron or  Pholus.

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Walde, Christine (Basle), “Centaurus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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