Academia Chiron
Academia Chiron



Palladio and the Urban Theater

Setting Operas

The Challenge of Emulation

Timeless Cities

Giulio Romano




The Idea of the Beautiful

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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