The Trial of Hippocrates
06:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Trial of Hippocrates. Harris Theatre for Music & Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago.


The National Hellenic Museum presents the next edition in its popular “The Trial” series.


The Trial of Hippocrates will be a unique, non-replicable evening of compelling and timely courtroom-style debate by reputable lawyers with proceedings and decisions by notable judges and jurors. Attendees are invited to participate by exploring the arguments of each side and submitting their guilty or not guilty vote to literally tip the scale and make their verdict heard.

Following highly-acclaimed successes with The NHM Trials of Socrates, Antigone, and The Parthenon Marbles, the National Hellenic Museum once again partners with prominent judges and attorneys to take on another case with ancient roots and modern consequences – The NHM Trial of Hippocrates.

The Case
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was called to the bedside of the dying King of Thebes. The physician saw immediately that nothing could cure this illness.

The King offered the physician a herd of horses for his care, which Hippocrates accepted, offering a potion for fever. The fever subsided, replaced by boils. Once again, Hippocrates said there was nothing to do, yet the King demanded treatment. Gold was given for a salve. Vineyards and a villa offered for a potion. Despite treatments, the King grew worse and died.

Hippocrates was arrested and brought before the King’s son and heir. Hippocrates had sworn to “help the sick . . . but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing.”

The National Hellenic Museum asks: Did Hippocrates violate his own Oath?

Guilty or Not Guilty – You decide!

Ethics Continuing Legal Education (CLE) 1.5 hours pending.