The Hellenic Museum of Melbourne “resurrected” Socrates for a retrial. Almost 2,400 years after the famous Greek philosopher was sentenced to death by poison, he was once again put to trial in Australia, in the presence of some of the country’s greatest legal minds.
Socrates changed Western thinking and inspired some of history’s greatest minds, however, during his time, a jury of his peers found him guilty of impiety and corrupting the youth.
The Hellenic Museum of Melbourne hosted a retrial on Saturday, March 7, featuring significant lawyers and judges from Australia, such as Julian Burnside, Nicholas Papas, Ronald Merkel, Elizabeth King, Supreme Court of Victoria justices Emilios Kyrou and Lex Lasry, and District Court of Victoria judge Felicity Hampel. The event was attended by 300 people who took on the role of jurors.
Greek-Australian actor Tony Nikolakopoulos took on the role of Socrates while Greek-Australian actor Lex Marinos played the role of Meletus, who is mostly known for prosecuting Socrates in the trial that led to the philosopher’s execution.
This time around, Socrates was found innocent, a fact that must have brought some peace to the minds of historians and philosophers across the globe.