Throughout the TV shows Hercules and Xena, humans being romantically involved with centaurs is pretty common, despite it being so controversial.

What is the earliest example of this happening in Fantasy?

It doesn't have to result in a child between them, and it doesn't need to be socially acceptable in-universe. Only that they're together (dating, married, eloping, etc). Not looking for one-night stands.

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    In fantasy or in ancient myth?
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 20:08
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    Serving as hyper-masculine rapists was one of the major roles of centaurs in Greek myth. There are probably consensual relations somewhere in Grecian lore.
    – Buzz
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 20:15
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    Chariklo (a female Centaur) married Cheiron (a male human/horse hybrid - But note, not a centaur); mythagora.com/bios/cheiron.html
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 20:21
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    @ArcanistLupus Second to last wife, actually. He remarried again, post mortem.
    – Buzz
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 21:57
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    Fantasy or Science Fiction? 1980 James Kahn Novel "Time enough and world" has a married centaur as one of the protagonists (created by genetic tampering, not a mythological creatue), and I think the centaurs in Farmers "The Makers of Universes" (1965) too had relation with women (although given Farmers obsessions "romantic" is perhaps the wrong word). Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 15:43

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A minimal example -- the final answer is likely to be earlier than this, but the second of John Varley's Titan trilogy, Wizard, has a subplot revolving around a liaison of several months' duration between one of the main characters (a human from Earth) and a "Titanide," a member of a centaur-like species created by Gaia, the central intelligence of the titular biostation in orbit of Saturn. This novel was published in August of 1980.

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