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[4] And to Cronus and Philyra was born Chiron, a centaur of double form;1 and to Dawn and Astraeus were born winds and stars;2 to Perses and Asteria was born Hecate;3 and to Pallas and Styx were born Victory, Dominion, Emulation, and Violence.4


1 It is said that Cronus assumed the shape of a horse when he consorted with Philyra, and that, we are told, was why Chiron was born a centaur, half-man, half-horse. See Scholiast on Ap. Rhod., Argon. i.554.

2 As to the offspring of Dawn and Astraeus, see Hes. Th. 378ff.

3 As to this parentage of Hecate, see Hes. Th. 409ff. But the ancients were not agreed on the subject. See the Scholiast on Ap. Rhod., Argon. iii.467. He tells us that according to the Orphic hymns, Hecate was a daughter of Deo; according to Bacchylides, a daughter of Night; according to Musaeus, a daughter of Zeus and Asteria; and according to Pherecydes, a daughter of Aristaeus.

4 For this brood of abstractions, the offspring of Styx and Pallas, see Hes. Th. 383ff.; Hyginus, Fab. p. 30, ed. Bunte.

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