Χείρων ό Κένταυρος ιατρός

Part of : Πλάτων : περιοδικό της Εταιρείας Ελλήνων Φιλολόγων ; Vol.ΚΒ, No.43-44, 1970, pages 211-222

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Cheiron was one of the most celebrated heroes of ancient Greece, the most just wise of centaurs and a great hunter. His name, derived from a root meaning hand (χείρ), may have referred to his skill in the arts, or the hand which he used with magic healing effect. He was learned in all branches of human knowledge and was the reputed master of such sciences as botany, prophecy, healing, music, astronomy and legistation ; while many of the Greek heroes were his pupils, Chiron was a specialist in herb-lore and represents the true forerunner of the rational school of therapeutics, in its transition from the occult to practical medicine.
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