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...before a "jury" of 501 Athenian citizens--which constituted the Athenian Senate...

Are you sure of this? From everything I have read, Athenian juries were randomly selected from amidst the population, with legislation handled by the assembly. I do not see how the word senate really applies to them.


Not absolutely sure, but have a look at this: http://appliedphilosophy.mtsu.edu/intro_to_phil/PlatosApology.htm

Basically, I thought the legislative body of Athens (called the Senate) also simply had a judicial function. I think that's what I taught my students, but I might have taught them wrongly and I might have forgotten what I taught them.  :-) Anyone else? --LMS

Hm. I don't know anything about the period specifically after the thirty tyrants, but the general statement that democracy was restored suggests that legislation was passed the same way - by the assembly of all free men, not by a senate. I'm not even sure what the Athenian senate would refer to, except possibly the areopagus, who had an extremely reduced function. Some double-checking confirms Socrates was tried before a randomly selected jury, so what I'm going to do is change the statement unless someone provides evidence to the contrary, and add a few more details as well.