Do no harm to anyone, everyone intends only good, never ever return evil for evil and never undermine the laws of your city. These were principles by which Socrates lived and died but they were dramatically tested in practice when he faced death following questionable judicial proceedings and was dramatically offered the chance to escape from prison and avoid execution.

Faced with the pleadings of his oldest dearest friend, Socrates began to hear another voice, the universal voice of the laws and he heeded that voice, ignored his friend’s pleadings, and remained to face execution.

Over 50 years later his disciple Plato returned to the inspiring words of Socrates as he wrote his last great dialogue the Laws. In this work the heartfelt passionate words of his master Socrates, words he had reflected on for half a century, meet the practicalities and multifarious complexities of a modern city as Plato engages with the question:

How would Socrates’ voice of universal law respond to the challenges of the modern world?

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