Unformatted text preview: Athene turns the case over to the jurors for their decision and formally establishes this new tribunal — the Court of the Areopagus — to endure forever and to have jurisdiction in all cases of manslaughter. She advises the jurymen to judge and govern in justice and not to drive out fear from their city, for the man who fears nothing cannot be righteous. This court, she says, will be a shrine of justice, the greatest strength of her holy city. Nothing will corrupt it. As "a sentry on the land," it will forever protect the innocent and punish the guilty. She urges the jurors to meditate on the meaning of their oaths and arrive at a decision. The Furies and Apollo threaten the jurors with reprisals if they lose the case, then begin to bicker with each other. Meanwhile, Athene announces that in the event of a tie, she will cast her vote in favor of Orestes. She says this is because she had no mother and will cast her vote in favor of Orestes....
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- Fall '08
- jurors, Athene, defendant joyfully thanks