"Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever that is, I fear the Greeks, even when bearing gifts."
- Virgil, Aeneid II.49
The Trojan priest Laocoon reacts to the Greek gift of a huge horse to the Trojans, after nine years of war. Immediately after this, serpents sent by the goddess Minverva devour Laocoon and his two sons, which the Trojans take as a sign from the goddess that they should accept the horse. They place it on wheels, and move it into the city, and celebrate what they believe to be the end of the war, only to be killed by the Greeks hiding in the horse.