Ipotane

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In Greek mythology, Ipotanes were a race of half-horse, half-humans. The Ipotanes are considered the original version of the Centaur.

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The typical Ipotane looked overall human, but had the legs, hindquarters, tail, and ears of a horse. However, some had human-like rather than horse-like legs (compare with early Satyrs, whose front legs were often human-like). The Greek suggested by "ipotane" is ἱππότης (hippotes). It means a person riding a horse.[citation needed] It is also used as an adjective as in ἱππότης λεώς (hippotes leos) — horse riding people. The definition given above would fit ἱππότης λεώς — "horse-people".

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References[edit]

  • Liddell & Scott, Greek-English Lexicon.