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Ixion

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Ixion

Zeus purified Ixion of a first murder of kin, a horrifying deed. The shameless man repaid this honor by trying to seduce Hera. The goddess told her husband. When Zeus learned about this passion he made a disguised model of Hera, a cloud likeness, to see how obsessed he was with his wife.

Ixion was so deeply in love with Hera that he slept with the disguised model. Zeus punished Ixion by chaining him to a winged and fiery wheel, which revolved forever in Tartarus. The cloud gave birth to a creature named Centaurus. It was Centaurus that descended upon a herd of Magnesian mares and conceived the Centaurs.

 

Chiron

During the Battle of the Lapithae and the Centaurs, Chiron fought for the Lapithae and was accidentally wounded by one of Hercules' poisoned arrows. To avoid a life of unending pain from this arrow's poison, Chiron gave his immortality to Prometheus and died. Zeus set his remains in the night sky where he appears as Sagittarius, the archer.

 

Nessus

Nessus first proposed Hercules and his second wife Deianeira to carry them over the river Evenus but when Nessus was alone with Deianiara on the other side, he tried to abuse from her.

Hercules shot Nessus with one of his poisoned arrow. The dying Centaur told Deianeira to use his blood as a "love potion"on Hercules if sometime in the future he ever fell out of love with her.

One day, Hercules sent was of his fellow Lichas to get a white tunic at his house. Deianeira who suspected Hercules was with a rival, Iole, spilled some blood on the garment. As soon as Hercules put the garment on his skin, he felt like his body was burning. The pain was so intense that he eventually died from the wound (Zeus took him away before he immolated himself).

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