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The Laocoon is an ancient Greek marble sculpture group.  It represents the Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons being attacked by sea serpents sent by the gods as a punishment for warning the Trojans against bringing the wooden horse of the Greeks within Troy’s city walls.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Laocoon (Keyword)
  • Greek sculpture (Keyword)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • N64, N5610, N5630, NB60, NB90

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bazin, Germain. Concise History of World Sculpture. 1981.

                           Call Number: NB60 .B39

  • Laisne, Claude. Art of Ancient Greece: Sculpture, Painting, Architecture. 1995.

                              Call Number: N5630 .L34 1995

  • Lessing, Gotthold. Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry. 1984.

                                Call Number: N64 .L742 1984

  • Onians, John. Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome. 1999.

                               Call Number: N5610 .O5 1999

  • Spivey, Nigel. Understanding Greek Sculpture: Ancient Meanings, Modern Readings. 1996.

                               Call Number: NB90 .S66 1996

Reference Materials

  • Campbell, Gordon (Ed.). Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture. - Call Number: REF N5610 .G76 2007

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 638-639

  • Davies, Penelope.  Janson’s History of Art (7th Ed.). – Call Number: REF N5300 .J3 2007

o   Pg. 179

  • Frazier, Nancy. Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History.Call Number: REF N5300 .F64 2000

o   Pgs. 378-379

  • Kleiner, Fred. Gardner's Art Through the Ages (12th Ed.).  Call Number: REF N5300 .G25 2005

o   Pgs. 163-164

  • Stewart, Andrew. Greek Sculpture: An Exploration. Call Number: REF NB90 .S74 1990

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 215-216, 309-310 

o   Vol. 2, plates 742-744

  • Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History (Revised 2nd Ed.).  Call Number: REF N5300 .S923 2005

o   Pgs. 174-175

Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Encylopaedia Britannica Online
  • Grove Art Online – Oxford Art Online

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, VCC East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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Last Revised on September 3, 2008

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