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centaur
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The Aeneid
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  • Sergesthus, who began the Sergian race, In the great Centaur took the leading place; Cloanthus on the sea-green Scylla stood, From whom Cluentius draws his Trojan blood.
  • The following Centaur, and the Dolphin’s crew, Their vanish’d hopes of victory renew; While Gyas lags, they kindle in the race, To reach the mark.
  • Sergesthus in the Centaur soon he pass’d, Wedg’d in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.
  • Chance aids their daring with unhop’d success; Sergesthus, eager with his beak to press Betwixt the rival galley and the rock, Shuts up th’ unwieldly Centaur in the lock.
  • Of various forms unnumber’d specters more, Centaurs, and double shapes, besiege the door.
  • The Centaur and the Dolphin brush the brine With equal oars, advancing in a line; And now the mighty Centaur seems to lead, And now the speedy Dolphin gets ahead; Now board to board the rival vessels row, The billows lave the skies, and ocean groans below.
  • The Centaur and the Dolphin brush the brine With equal oars, advancing in a line; And now the mighty Centaur seems to lead, And now the speedy Dolphin gets ahead; Now board to board the rival vessels row, The billows lave the skies, and ocean groans below.
  • Like cloud-born Centaurs, from the mountain’s height With rapid course descending to the fight; They rush along; the rattling woods give way; The branches bend before their sweepy sway.
  • As when a snake, surpris’d upon the road, Is crush’d athwart her body by the load Of heavy wheels; or with a mortal wound Her belly bruis’d, and trodden to the ground: In vain, with loosen’d curls, she crawls along; Yet, fierce above, she brandishes her tongue; Glares with her eyes, and bristles with her scales; But, groveling in the dust, her parts unsound she trails: So slowly to the port the Centaur tends, But, what she wants in oars, with sails amends.
  • His son Cupavo brush’d the briny flood: Upon his stern a brawny Centaur stood, Who heav’d a rock, and, threat’ning still to throw, With lifted hands alarm’d the seas below: They seem’d to fear the formidable sight, And roll’d their billows on, to speed his flight.
  • Mars could in mutual blood the Centaurs bathe, And Jove himself gave way to Cynthia’s wrath, Who sent the tusky boar to Calydon; (What great offense had either people done?
  • Besides, a thousand hazards they relate, Procur’d by Juno’s and Eurystheus’ hate: "Thy hands, unconquer’d hero, could subdue The cloud-born Centaurs, and the monster crew: Nor thy resistless arm the bull withstood, Nor he, the roaring terror of the wood.

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  • Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
  • In Greek mythology, Chiron is probably the most famous of the centaurs. He is known for his wisdom and knowledge of medicine.

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