Laocoon Trevi Torso (Father
On show at the Vatican Museum in Rome, the Laocoon sculpture bust is a complete statue and was made in the 1st or 2nd century BC and represents a perfect illustration of the Priest of Apollo who in Troy went by the name Laocoon. Laocoon is famous for having told his fellow Trojans to destroy the wooden horse that the Greeks had given them. He thrust his spear into the side of the Trojan horse because he wanted them to hear the noise of the weapons that were in there, but the sound was said to have been silenced by the gods. To stop him from convincing the Trojans any further, Poseidon sent two snakes that killed Laocoon and his two sons. The amazing naturalism displayed in the modeling is characteristic of the Hellenistic period. The Laocoon sculpture holds a unique figurative symbology of a father's struggle for his fellow man.