The Challenge of Emulation
The Inevitable Project
The Artist's Hand
In Praise of Mediocrity
Who Was Chiron?
Chiron (Chironte in Italian) was the centaur entrusted with the education of the young Achilles by his mother Thetys.
A rare example of a wise centaur (as opposed to the usually debauched kind) he was able to teach his protégé skills ranging from music to the knowledge of medicinal herbs to the art of war. It was his particular ability to balance the rational and the natural that made him a model teacher. Later, in the Christian story of St. Anthony Abbot (founder of monasticism), an aged Anthony is led to St. Paul the Hermit by a centaur and a satyr; I would like to believe it was the same Chiron who guided the first monk through the desert.
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