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n. Greek Mythology
A Trojan priest of Apollo who was killed along with his two sons by two sea serpents for having warned his people of the Trojan horse.


(Classical Myth & Legend) 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


(leɪˈɒk oʊˌɒn)

a Trojan priest who, after warning against the acceptance of the wooden horse left at Troy by the Greeks, was killed along with his sons by two serpents.
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Noun1.Laocoon - (Greek mythology) the priest of Apollo who warned the Trojans to beware of Greeks bearing gifts when they wanted to accept the Trojan HorseLaocoon - (Greek mythology) the priest of Apollo who warned the Trojans to beware of Greeks bearing gifts when they wanted to accept the Trojan Horse; a god who favored the Greeks (Poseidon or Athena) sent snakes who coiled around Laocoon and his two twin sons killing them
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks


[leɪˈɒkəʊˌɒn] nLaocoonte
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The nineteenth century witnessed the greatest debauch of descriptive writing the world has ever known," he claimed in his 1910 book, The New Laokoon.
CREDITS: A Mozinet (in Hungary)/Ad Vitam (in France) release of a Laokoon Filmgroup presentation, with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund and the Claims Conference.
Mitchell, Picture Theory (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1994); Jean Hagstrum, The Sister Arts (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1958); Murray Krieger, "Ekphrasis and the Still Movement of Poetry, or Laokoon Revisited," (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP.
16) A swift German translation of the Analysis, strongly promoted by Lessing--whose own meditation on snaky lines in Laokoon (1766) De Quincey would excerpt and translate for Blackwood's Magazine in 1826--generated enthusiastic debate.
It has been more than forty years since Murray Krieger submitted his most influential essay, "Ekphrasis and the Still Movement of Poetry; or, Laokoon Revisited," to the first conference of the Iowa Center for Modern Letters in October, 1965 (263-88).
Es gilt vor allem kraftig uber den Lessingschen Laokoon hinauszuschreiten", eKGWB, de la edicion Colli/ Momtinari
The view of Virgil as imitative and inferior has dominated German classical philology, with its characteristic exaltation of Hellenic culture, ever since Lessing's Laokoon (1766), chapter 18.
In 1766 lewer Lessing in Laokoon uitgebreide kommentaar oor die simboliese betekenis van die skild wat tot vandag die onderwerp van akademiese diskoers is.
The basic distinction of the verbal and the visual art by Lessing is associated with the concepts of time and space, but the discussions about the purity of the notion of the "time based literature" and the "spatiality of the visual arts" have started shortly after publication of Laokoon and have been specifically intensive since the beginning of the modernism in arts.
The title of Fernie's first chapter, "American Laokoon," riffs on the famous classical sculpture Laocoon, in which the titular Trojan priest is killed along with his sons by sea serpents, an image taken from Virgil's epic Latin poem The Aeneid.
When attempts have been made to clarify these differences, such as in Lessing's Laokoon from 1766, as in numerous other works following in this tradition, the existence of certain art forms have been taken as the starting point.
Es bien conocida la contraposicion entre <<artes del espacio>> y <<artes del tiempo>>, que formulo Lessing en su Laokoon, oder uber die Grenzen der Malerei und Poesie, de 1766: