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Chiron is a centaur from Greek mythology who helped train demigods. Chiron is a respected centaur because of his kindness and intelligence. He is a son of Cronus and lives in Mount Olympus.

Chiron also helped train Heracles before he went to the Underworld to fetch the fruit.


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Chiron, Peleus and infant Achilles

Chiron was notable throughout Greek mythology for his youth-nurturing nature. His personal skills tend to match those of Apollo, his foster father (sometimes along with Artemis): medicine, music, archery, hunting, gymnastics and the art of prophecy. Chiron was known for his knowledge and skill with medicine and thus, was credited with the discovery of botany and pharmacy, the science of herbs and medicine.

A great healer, astrologer, and respected oracle, Chiron was said to be the first among centaurs and highly revered as a teacher and tutor.

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