The Centaurs were a tribe of half man, half horse savages which inhabited the mountains and forests of Magnesia.
Another tribe of Centaurs resided in the western Peloponnese where they came into conflict with the hero Heracles.
Ixion fell in love with Hera and tried to rape her, and when Hera told Zeus about it, Zeus wanted to determine if her report was really true. So he fashioned a cloud (nephele) to look like Hera, and laid it by Ixion’s side. When Ixion bragged that he had slept with Hera, Zeus punished him by tying him to a wheel, on which he was turned by winds up in the air. The cloud bore Kentauros (Centaurus) from…
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