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dc.contributor.authorNagy, Gregory
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-12T16:33:35Z
dc.date.issued2019-05-03
dc.identifier.citationNagy, Gregory. 2019.05.03. "Can we think of Centaurs as a species?." Classical Inquiries. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.eresource:Classical_Inquiries.en_US
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dc.description.abstractΙn three previous essays posted in Classical Inquiries, 2019.04.26, 2019.04.19 and 2019.03.22, I analyzed myths about Centaurs. Since they were pictured as half-man and half-horse, we could nowadays think of them as monsters. And, in terms of what we see in pre-classical and classical representations of Centaurs, such monsters were exclusively male, exhibiting the shaggy hormonal characteristics of exaggerated human maleness. Accordingly, Centaurs could hardly be viewed as a species of animals—or, let us say, of half-animals. In post-classical representations, however, as noted by Jan Bremmer (2012:26, 29) in the course of his detailed survey of relevant testimonia about such monsters, we start seeing female Centaurs as well. So, maybe Centaurs were eventually perceived as a species after all? Such a perception persists into modernity, culminating almost absurdly in the image of the “Centaurettes” featured in Walt Disney’s Fantasia (1940). A closer look at the theriomorphism or beastly form of the Centaurs, however, reveals that even in pre-classical times there existed representations of female monsters who were half-woman and half-horse. My favorite example is a Boeotian incised decoration, dated to the seventh century BCE, picturing Medusa the monstrous Gorgon as half-woman and half-horse. But is this female monster really a Centaur? In formulating an answer to this question, I will need to reassess my understanding of the relationship between myth and ritual in Greek traditions.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Classicsen_US
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dc.publisherHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studiesen_US
dc.relationClassical Inquiriesen_US
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dc.titleCan we think of Centaurs as a species?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
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dc.relation.journalClassical Inquiriesen_US
dash.depositing.authorNagy, Gregory
dc.date.available2019-09-12T16:33:35Z
dash.affiliation.otherFaculty of Arts & Sciencesen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedNagy, Gregory


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