The son of Acoetes, Laocoön, is a figure in Roman and Greek mythology and the Epic Cycle. He was a Trojan priest who was assaulted, with his two sons, by giant serpents. Though not mentioned by Homer, other Greek writers had been the issue of a tragedy, now lost, by Sophocles and mentioned the narrative of Laocoön, though the occasions around the strike by the serpents change greatly. The most well-known accounts of these is now in Virgil's Aeneid where Laocoön was a priest of Poseidon (or Neptune for the Romans), who was killed with both his sons after trying to expose the ruse of the Trojan Horse by hitting it with a spear.
Virgil gives Laocoön the well-known line "Equ? n? cr?dite, Teucr? / Quidquid id est, time? Dana?s et d?na ferent?s", or "don't trust the Horse, Trojans / Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts." This line is the source of the saying: "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts."
In Sophocles, nevertheless, he was a priest of Apollo, who should have been celibate but had wed. The serpents killed just both sons, leaving himself to Laocoön living to endure. In other variations he was killed for having given an impiety by just making a sacrifice in the temple with his wife present, or making love with his wife in the existence of a cult image in a sanctuary. In this second group of variants, Poseidon sent the snakes and in the first by Athena and Poseidon, or Apollo, and the Trojans interpreted the departures as evidence the horse was a holy thing. Both variants have morals that are quite distinct: Laocoön was penalized for being right, or for doing wrong.
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons (Italian:Gruppo del Laocoonte), also called the Laocoön Group, has been among the most well-known historical sculptures ever since it was excavated in Rome in 1506 and put on public display in the Vatican, where it stays. Extraordinarily, it is extremely likely to be the same thing as a statue commended by the chief Roman writer Pliny the Elder, on art in the highest terms. The figures are near life size and the group is a little over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in height, revealing the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being assaulted by sea serpents.
The group has been "the prototypical icon of human misery" in Western art, and unlike the misery frequently depicted in Christian art demonstrating thePassion of Jesus and martyrs, this anguish has no redemptive power or benefit. The anguish is revealed through the contorted expressions of the faces (Charles Darwin pointed out that Laocoön's bulging eyebrows are physiologically impossible), which are fit by the fighting bodies, particularly that of Laocoön himself, with every part of his body striving.
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