These Greek beings each with the head, torsos and arms of a man and
the body of a horse descend from the first king of Thessaly and the
cloud Nephele, and hold allegiance only to Eros, god of love, and
Dionysius, god of wine. They are handsome and sensual, delighting in
drunken brawls, and are often warlike, using clubs made from young
pine trees, spears and arrows. An exception is Chiron, a studious,
wise centaur who tutored many Greek heroes and can now be seen in
the heavens as the constellation Sagittarius.