Laocoön

Story time!

I know that when I start discussing sculptures depicting ancient Greek stories I can get a little long winded. I think it’s a good thing though. Passion comes in many forms. This sculpture is called Laocoön and His Sons, and was FOUND in Rome in the 1500s. It is believe that it was actually created during the reign of Emperor Titus.

The story that the sculpture depicts dates to the Trojan War. Laocoön was a priest of Poseidon for Troy. There are a few varying stories on how it actually happened, but the version I know goes like this. After 10 years of fighting, the Greeks left the beach of Troy, leaving a huge wooden horse in their place. We all know that as the Trojan Horse, which housed in it’s hollow belly a force of Greek soldiers who would later lead the pillage and burning of Troy. The Trojans rejoiced upon seeing the horse, assuming it was a gift to the gods. They thought the war was over. It was decided that the horse should be pulled into the walls of Troy.

Laocoön had other ideas. He suspected that the Trojan Horse was a trap. He urged the people to not take it into the city, and attempted to stick a spear into the belly of  the horse to prove it. This made Poseidon and the other other gods (who just wanted the war to end) angry. Poseidon (or Athena, depending on the version) sent sea serpents from the depths to silence the man. They took the priest and his two sons and killed them before the masses of Troy. The Trojans took this as a sign that the horse was indeed a gift to the gods, and sealed their fate by pulling it into the city.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XS

Lens: 15-55 mm IS

Date: January 2012

Location: Vatican City State

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“Through pain I’ve learned to comfort suffering men.” ― Virgil

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