A senior Centaur. He served as teacher of heroes and is so shown with the infant Peleus, Herakles, Achilles. In Herakles' subsequent fight with the Centaurs he is wounded in the leg. He was a healer and, with Pholos, to be distinguished from their unruly kin.
Above: Chiron receives the infant Achilles. Detail from Athenian black-figure clay vase about 575-525 BC. Palermo. Museo Archeologico Regionale 1856 © Museo Archeologico Regionale, Palermo.