Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

CHIRON

Greek Healer God

Also known as CHEIRON, KHEIRON

Picture of the Greek Healer God Chiron from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

King of the Centaurs

Chiron was the son of Cronus who’d been horsing about with Philyra. With tutorials from Apollo and a degree in healing from the University of Thessaly, he was very good at the healing arts and renowned for his wisdom. He taught Dr Asclepius the secrets of medicine and thus put the beginnings of medical practice on a very sound footing.

Chiron then appears to have founded the School for Heroes on Mount Pelion, with clients including Heracles, Theseus and Achilles. Greek lessons and horse-riding were of course included as standard.

Sadly, Chiron came to an unhappy end when he was accidentally shot with a poisoned arrow by his old pupil Heracles. In frightful agony he roamed the world but, being immortal, could not die. Yes, the Great Healer could heal everyone except himself.

Eventually he wandered to the place where Prometheus was undergoing his own agony. Here at last he found freedom from his pain. Performing the world’s first immortality-swap operation, Chiron donated his immortal nature to Prometheus and became mortal.

Prometheus found himself free, while the old centaur dropped dead at his feet. But shed no tears as a sobbing Zeus granted Chiron a second immortality and transformed him into the constellation of Sagittarius.

Chiron Facts and Figures

Name: Chiron
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: CHEIRON, KHEIRON

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Healing
Area of expertise: Healing

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 304

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Article last revised on September 06, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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