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Published: 16 May 2012

320 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199589241

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Sayings and Anecdotes

With Other Popular Moralists

Diogenes the Cynic
Translated by Robin Hard

Oxford World's Classics

  • The 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.

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