Plato’s ‘Apology’ to be played in ancient Greek in Thessaloniki
The most famous trial in the history of literature, that of Greek philosopher Socrates, as presented through the classic work of Plato’s “Apology” will be played in the original ancient Greek language for one night at the foyer of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki on Saturday evening, the museum announced.
The work, directed by Dimos Avdeliodis, is Plato’s version of the speech given by Socrates to defend himself in 399 BC against the charges of “corrupting the young and not believing in the gods in whom the city believes”. It is the only non-dialectic play of Plato, but also the only one in which he describes himself as present and active in the judicial process.
“The play will be presented in ancient Greek to retain the musicality of the language of the text, because translations change the musicality of the words which can be expressed solely through the voice,” Avdeliodis said. “A translation is a form of misinterpretation of the concepts expressed by words. Without voice we have a dead text,” he added.
The play was first presented last summer at the ancient theatre of Larisa, after which it toured the country.
The show, which will include modern Greek and English surtitles, will start at 20.30 (local time) and the ticket costs 10 euros.
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