laocoon

Laocoön

[ley-ok-oh-on]
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a priest of Apollo at Troy who warned the Trojans of the Trojan Horse, and who, with his two sons, was killed by two huge serpents sent by Athena or Apollo.
2.
(italics) a late 2nd-century b.c. representation in marble of Laocoön and his sons struggling with the serpents: attributed to Agesander, Athenodorus, and Polydorus of Rhodes.
Also, Laocoon, Laokoön, Laokoon.
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Laocoon (leɪˈɒkəʊˌɒn)
 
n
Greek myth a priest of Apollo at Troy who warned the Trojans against the wooden horse left by the Greeks; killed with his twin sons by two sea serpents

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Laocoon
Trojan priest of Apollo, from L. Laocoon, from Gk. Laukoun, from laos "people" + koeo "I mark, perceive."
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Laocoon [(lay-ok-oh-on)]

In classical mythology, Laocoon was a priest in Troy during the Trojan War. When the Trojans discovered the Trojan horse outside their gates, Laocoon warned against bringing it into the city, remarking, “I am wary of Greeks even when they are bringing gifts.” (SeeBeware of Greeks bearing gifts.”) The god Poseidon, who favored the Greeks, then sent two enormous snakes after Laocoon. The creatures coiled themselves around the priest and his two sons, crushing them to death. Some sources say Athena sent the snakes.

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