A mythical creature, part horse and part man. Centaurs were noted for their
warlike and amatory exploits, which are depicted in artistic representations
through the centuries. In the 8th century BC, the
centaur is shown as a human being in front with the body and hind legs of
a horse. As time progressed, he became a man to the waist only.
|Stone carving from the Parthenon in Athens showing
a centaur (left) fighting a lapith (a legendary human). The battle
between lapiths and centaurs was told in a Greek story.
minor planet (Encyclopedia of Science)