Umberto Eco 'The Name of the Rose' on laughter, fear, religion
Then persons of worth, even if only mortal men, must not be represented as overcome by laughter, and still less must such a representation of the gods be allowed.
A fit of laughter, which has been indulged to excess, almost always produces a violent reaction Picture Quote #1
The death of Sarpedon, depicted in Lycian attire, at the hands of Patroclus. Red-figure hydria from Heraclea, c.400 BCE.
Sarcophagus depicting account from Iliad -- King Priam begging Achilles for the body of his slain son, Hector. As the Trojans and the Greeks were at war, King Priam's petition made in person was a very bold move and overcame Achilles' anger.