Death of Laocoon, illustration

Death of Laocoon, illustration

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Caption: Death of Laocoon. 1859 illustration of a 1st Century BC statue of Laocoon and his twin sons being crushed to death by two giant serpents. Various accounts of this myth exist. Sophocles wrote that Laocoon was a priest of the god Apollo who broke his oath of celibacy and was killed as punishment. However, the account in Virgil's Aneid says he was a priest of Poseidon, who was killed after attempting to expose the Trojan Horse by striking it with a spear.

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