The National Hellenic Museum presents
The Trial of Orestes
The Charge: Matricide
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014, 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm
UIC Forum - 725 West Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, Illinois
Reception immediately following the trial
$100 - One invitation to Trial of Orestes.
$50 - One student invitation to Trial of Orestes. Must present valid school ID.
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Hon. Richard A. Posner, Presiding Judge, Hon. Charles P. Kocoras, and Hon. William J. Bauer
COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE
Dan K. Webb, Winston & Strawn; Robert A. Clifford, Clifford Law Offices
COUNSEL FOR THE PROSECUTION
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Patrick M. Collins, Perkins Coie
Following the tremendous success of our Trial of Socrates in early 2013, the same all-star judicial team takes on another definitive case, the Trial of Orestes, son of Agamemnon, of the cursed House of Atreus.
The Oresteia, by the Greek playwright Aeschylus (525-456 BC), is a foundational literary work for examining the crucial place of law in society.
Consisting of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides, the trilogy constitutes a deeply affecting study of crime and punishment, probing such irresolvable and vexatious issues as the nature of justice, the frequent conflicts between love and duty, the torments of moral decision making, our obligations to the gods, society, and ourselves, and the spiritual consequences of irremediable actions.
Above all, the Oresteia shows us the burdens of a culture based on the lex talionis-an eye for an eye-and the blessings of a jury trial in a court of law.
The 2013 Trial of Socrates DVDs will be available for purchase at the Trial of Orestes.