Laocoon and his sons
cast of the original sculpture "Laocoon and his sons" on the
grounds of the Ringling Estate. This 1st Century A.D. sculpture was discovered
in 1506 in the ruins of Titus Palace in Rome. In book 2 of Virgil's Aeneid,
Laocoon was a priest who tried to warn the citizens of Troy about the
Trojan Horse. According to the story, the Gods favored the greek invaders,
and sent sea serpents to strangle Laocoon at the altar of Neptune. The
original sculpture is on display in the Vatican museum. Behind the sculpture
is a large banyan tree.
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