Almost 2,500 years later, the trial of Socrates is about to be repeated. This time Socrates is acquitted in a historical trial which is not a re-enactment but a modern perspective based on the current legal framework supplemented with ancient Greek elements and comical theatrics. The effort takes place for the second time, as a modern trial of Socrates was held last year in New York in a similar framework.
The Alexander S. Onassis Foundation found advocates for its venture, top American and European judges and lawyers, who all examined the trial material retrieved from ancient texts by Plato (Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, Phaedo), Xenophon (Memorabilia) and Aristophanes (The Clouds), as well as the corresponding Athenian law of that time.
They decided to put him on the stand once again and determine whether he was rightfully convicted or not. Socrates advocates will be British attorney Michael Bellof and French attorney Patrick Simon, while the Athenians will be represented by lawyer Elias Anagnostopoulos and president of the Onassis Cultural Foundation in Athens and lawyer Antonis Papadimitriou.
The “trial” will be held in English and French languages, with concurrent translation, at the Onassis Cultural Foundation on May 25.
The event will be streamed live by the foundation’s official website at www.sgt.gr/dikisocrati. Visitors who wish to attend the event will pay a symbolic-price ticket of 10 Euros.
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