Laocoön and His Sons

The statue, also called the Laocoön Group, is a monumental sculpture in marble now in the Vatican Museums, Rome. The statue is attributed by the Roman author Pliny the Elder to three sculptors from the island of Rhodes: Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus. It shows the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being strangled by sea serpents.

The story of Laocoön had been the subject of a play by Sophocles (the play is now lost), and was mentioned by other Greek writers. Laocoön was killed after attempting to expose the ruse of the Trojan Horse by striking it with a spear. The snakes were sent by Poseidonand were interpreted by the Trojans as proof that the horse was a sacred object. 

Inscriptions found at Lindos in Rhodes date Agesander and Athenodoros to a period after 42 BC, making the years 42 to 20 the most likely date for the Laocoön statue’s creation. It is not known whether it is an original work or a copy of an earlier sculpture.

“Laocoön and His Sons” is a #marble copy of a #bronze #sculpture that was seen by #Pliny the Elder in the palace of #Titus (39-81 CE). It currently sits on display at the #Vatican in #Rome, #Italy. The original sculpture was attributed by Pliny to three sculptors from the #Greek island of #Rhodes: #Hagesander, #Athenodoros, and #Polydorus. Truly one of the most phenomenal works of Greek sculpture from the #Hellenistic Period.

pothos said: WHY would you remind me of poor posner?!

J, that is always such a valid question because I wouldn’t willingly remind you of bad things, except my plan to get a lot of money and bribe all relevant parties NEVAR to explain POLYDORUS HOW to you. And then walk around near you knowing the knowledge of HOW. And watching you explode.

Sharp myrtles on the sides, and cornels grew.
There, while I went to crop the sylvan scenes,
And shade our altar with their leafy greens,
I pull’d a plant- with horror I relate
A prodigy so strange and full of fate.
The rooted fibers rose, and from the wound
Black bloody drops distill’d upon the ground.

John Dryden’s translation of Virgil’s Aeneid

From Book III