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Laocoön, in Greek mythology, priest of Apollo who warned the Trojan people not to accept the gift of the wooden horse from the Greeks, with whom they had been at war for 10 years. When Laocoön was killed while worshipping, the Trojans took this as a sign of the gods' displeasure with him and brought the horse into Troy. The horse was filled with Greek soldiers, who seized the city.

See also: Mythology; Trojan War.

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