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LAOCOON AND HIS SONS

Laocoon, a priest of Apollo at Troy, is strangled, together with his sons, by serpents : this famous sculpture, probably 2nd century BC, was discovered at Rome in 1506

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1506 Apollo Discovered Iliad Laocoon Priest Serpents Sons Strangled Troy Myth


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Laocoon and His Sons

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is a captivating and iconic masterpiece of ancient Roman art, discovered in Rome in 1506. This famous sculpture, believed to date back to the 2nd century BC, portrays the tragic tale of Laocoon, a priest of Apollo at Troy, and his two sons. The scene depicts the moment of their gruesome demise, as they are being strangled by serpents sent by the goddess Athena as a punishment for Laocoon's warning to the Trojans against bringing the wooden horse into their city. The myth of Laocoon and his sons is deeply rooted in the epic poem "The Iliad" by Homer. Laocoon had discovered a Trojan horse, which the Greeks had left behind as a gift, and he tried to alert the Trojans of the impending doom. However, the gods had other plans, and the priest and his sons paid the ultimate price for their efforts. The intricately detailed sculpture showcases the intense emotions and physical struggle of the characters as they are entangled in the coils of the serpents. The lifelike expressions and poses of the figures, as well as the realistic depiction of the serpents, demonstrate the exceptional craftsmanship and artistic skill of the ancient Roman artists. "Laocoon and His Sons" is a testament to the enduring power of mythology and the artistic legacy of ancient civilizations. The sculpture has inspired countless artists and art enthusiasts throughout history and continues to captivate audiences with its timeless story and breathtaking beauty. This iconic masterpiece is a must-see for anyone interested in classical art, mythology, or the rich history of Western civilization.

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