Featured Class: Ancient Justice- Crime and Punishment in Ancient Greece

Mock trial-meets-historical documentary!

Learn how justice was carried out before codified, written legal systems, lawyers, and judges. In ancient Greece, the facts of your case depended entirely on how well your rhetoric could convince hundreds of your fellow citizens who would serve as the jury. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves, but will be expected to do so as an Ancient Greek citizen would have, under laws of ancient Greece. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, who will debate from the perspective of both citizen and non-citizen residents of an ancient Polis. Classmates will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions.

This new class will be taught by Taliesin Knol, a Compass’s history instructor for the popular Dioramas, Modeling Conquests, and 3D History classes. Ancient Justice: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Greece is an 8-week seminar for students in 8th-12th grade. The class will be taught on Fridays from 12:00 pm- 12:55 pm starting January 12 at Compass. Enroll by December 15 to get a 10% early registration discount off tuition.