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Laocoön was a priest of Poseidon at Troy.[1]

When the Trojans found the wooden horse they thought to be an offering from the Achaeans to Athena (but was instead a trick, the greatest Achaean warriors being hidden inside) and took it inside the city, Laocoön urged them to burn it.[1]

Troy king Priam and the other priests refused, stating that if the horse was burned, the gods' wrath would fall on them.[1]

Along with his sons, Laocoön raged and gave sacrifice to Poseidon asking for his protection. Instead, under Aeneas' helpless sight, Athena sent giant sea serpents who killed Laocoön and his sons.[1]

After that event, Aeneas preferred to leave the city to its sinister fate.[1]



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