Since 2006, The Siracusa Institute has conducted the moot court program “AGÒN”, in collaboration with the University of Palermo and the National Institute of Ancient Drama (INDA). The event is held in the prestigious and evocative venue of the Greek Theatre in Siracusa and attended by around 500 participants a year, a very successful event in terms of public participation. “AGON” is structured as a moot trial focusing on the characters and events of one of the classical tragedies which are staged every year at the Greek Theatre in Siracusa.
Last edition of AGON, “From Classical Drama to a Moot Trial”, organized in collaboration with INDA, Associazione Amici dell’INDA and Bar Association of Siracusa. was held on June 2016 in the prestigious and evocative scenario of the Greek Theatre in Siracusa and was attended by around 2000 participants, focused on the classical play “Alcesti” by Euripides, one of the tragedies staged this year at the Greek Theatre. The event, which was structured as a moot trial, focused on the character of Admeto, who is accused of the murder of his wife. Hence the subtitle: “Process to Admeto: unhappy husband or cynical murderer?”. The prosecution and the defense were represented by two eminent personalities – the jurist Eva Cantarella and the lawyer Ettore Randazzo – before a qualified jury, headed by the journalist Felice Cavallaro. Moreover, the actors who personify Pheres, Apollo and Alcestis acted as witnesses, respectively, of the prosecution and the defense. The event sought to underline the subtle analogy between the events at a trial and on a stage, intending to confront and combine “classical” and “modern” features of the criminal system.
The next edition will take place in June 2017.