The Trial of Orestes

The Trial of Orestes - National Hellenic Museum, Chicago - Jan 29, 2014
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


Dan K. Webb, Winston & Strawn; Robert A. Clifford, Clifford Law Offices


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.