"She looks about the place, taking in the snake chandelier, the ornate carvings of nymphs and centaurs here and there."
Nymphs are creatures from Greek mythology. They were believed to pose themselves as beautiful, young maidens who lured men to them with their song.
Centaurs are also mythological creatures who have the body of a horse but the torso and head of a human. They are believed to be strong creatures and are known as warriors.