Key featuresThe only selection of the sayings and anecdotes of
Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher whose biting wit and
bizarre behaviour has passed down to the present day in European
literature and art. Offers a comprehensive survey of Diogenes'
moral philosophy in the form of pithy maxims and entertaining
stories, together with his immediate followers, including Crates,
and other early philosophers in the Cynic, Stoic, and Cyrenaic
schools, and a lively selection from the apocryphal correspondence
of the Cynics and Socratics. The first source-book in English for
Diogenes and the early Cynics, bringing together material from a
variety of different original sources. Attractive, colloquial
translation emphasizes the accessible nature of the material.
Introduction explains the significance of the anecdotal material in
relation to the moral teaching of each school, and looks at the
stories that have come down to us about Diogenes' famously ascetic
life, such as living in a storage-jar. Explanatory Notes identify
people and places, and explain literary and cultural allusions.
Includes indexes of names and themes. About this book A unique
edition of the sayings of Diogenes, whose biting wit and
eccentricity inspired the anecdotes that express his Cynic
philosophy. It includes the accounts of his immediate successors,
such as Crates and Hipparchia, and the witty moral preacher Bion.
The contrasting teachings of the Cyrenaics and the hedonistic
Aristippos complete the volume. Readership Readers and students of
ancient philosophy, sayings and anecdotes, students of Hellenistic
philosophy, Stoicism and the Cynics, literature, history of