Diogenes the Cynic: Sayings and Anecdotes

By Diogenes of Sinope

Diogenes the Cynic is better remembered this present day for having lived in a storage-jar, and strolling the streets with a lamp in sunlight, searching for a decent guy. Such tales shaped a part of a wealthy culture of sayings and anecdotes; his biting wit and whimsical behaviour have been mythical, and it was once through those oft-repeated and decorated aphorisms that his ethical teachings have been transmitted. He scorned the conventions of civilized existence, and his ascetic way of life and caustic reviews gave expression to the Cynic philosophy that during flip encouraged Stoicism.

This targeted version additionally covers Diogenes' fast successors, akin to Crates, his spouse Hipparchia, and the witty ethical preacher Bion. The contrasting teachings of the Cyrenaic tuition, based by means of Aristippos, a pleasure-loving buddy of Socrates, whole the quantity, including a range of apocryphal letters. an incredible compendium of Socratic ethical philosophy, this exciting quantity opens a window directly to a few unusually sleek attitudes.

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Hermogenes, one other personality within the discussion, was once the brother of Callias. with no ever having the ability to fulfill his starvation: a inspiration that was once expressed in Cynic circles during the dropsy comparability: see 146 and 479. welcome me with the maximum pleasure: cf. DL 6. three, ‘one may still make love with such girls as can be correctly grateful’; even supposing the procedure is gentler and extra funny, this accords with the Cynic trust that sexual wants could be chuffed within the easiest and such a lot direct method attainable, which provides no trouble if one isn't too picky.

E. that dying is a brilliant evil] that provides upward thrust to all these terrible types of mourning, equivalent to begriming one’s physique, tearing at one’s cheeks like a girl, and notable oneself at the chest, thighs, and head; it really is this that makes Agamemnon, in Homer and Accius* alike, ‘oft tear in grief his unshorn locks’. accordingly that witty comment through Bion, that it was once quite foolish of the king to rip out his hair in his grief, as if his sorrow will be alleviated by way of baldness. (Cicero, Tusculan Disputations three.

Eleven, within which a Philiscos provides him a few reliable advice), yet that may be governed out on chronological grounds by myself, whether that function weren't usually ascribed to Leonidas of Epirus; the tale may possibly were not more than an invention (although a few have advised that this was once one other Philiscos who used to be the daddy of Onesicritos instead of his son). Phocion: ‘the Good’, a widespread Athenian statesman and basic, c. 402–c. 318; the record right here that he used to be a disciple of Diogenes can't be taken heavily, even supposing possible know the way that proposal may have arisen, on the grounds that he was once recognized for the austerity and frugality of his lifestyle.

Arcesilaos: an educational thinker (316/15–241/0) who succeeded Bion’s instructor Crates (see 467 and suitable word) as head of that faculty. slaying the lifeless: i. e. that informed humans considered diviners with scepticism in any case, so he's flogging a useless horse. rolls bare within the dust: this used to be a punishment within the Underworld (cf. 199 and note)—the superstitious guy submits himself to it during this global to expiate his faults. Sackcloth etc are widely used types of penitential clothing. divine indication: his ‘faults’ are merely formal ones, he has didn't heed a few taboo with reference to meals or drink, maybe by way of eating anything that may be classed as impure, or has no longer paid due recognition to a few ominous caution, comparable to an owl hooting or a weasel operating throughout his direction (cf.

Codex Patmos 263, no. sixty seven; G246D) 148 On seeing an avaricious guy being performed for burial, he acknowledged, ‘After residing a lifestyles that was once no lifestyles he’s left a residing to others. ’* (Codex Palatinus Graecus 297, no. seventy one, fo. 118r; G231) 149 while reproached for his poverty via somebody of undesirable personality, Diogenes stated, ‘I’ve by no means noticeable somebody placed to torture as a result of his poverty, yet any quantity due to their wickedness. ’ (Stobaeus four. 32. 12; G224) one hundred fifty while anyone reproached Diogenes for his poverty, he acknowledged, ‘I’ve by no means visible someone, you wretch, taking part in the tyrant due to poverty, yet as a result of riches all and sundry.

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