Laocoön and His Sons (Gruppo del Laocoonte)
Vatican Museums, Rome
42 – 20 B.C.
“He strains to burst the knots with his hands,
his sacred headband drenched in blood and dark venom,
while he sends terrible shouts up to the heavens,
like the bellowing of a bull that has fled wounded,
from the altar, shaking the useless axe from its neck.”
Source: Image source: Smith, R.R.R. Hellenistic Sculpture. London: Thames and Hudson, 1991. 123. Print.
By Roxanne Capron