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Sayings and Anecdotes : with Other Popular Moralists -  Diogenes the Cynic

Sayings and Anecdotes

with Other Popular Moralists

Paperback Published: 10th May 2012
ISBN: 9780199589241
Number Of Pages: 288

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'many men compete in digging and kicking but no one at all in the pursuit of human excellence.'

Diogenes the Cynic is best remembered today for having lived in a storage-jar, and walking the streets with a lamp in daylight, looking for an honest man. Such stories formed part of a rich tradition of sayings and anecdotes; his biting wit and eccentric behaviour were legendary, and it was by means of these oft-repeated and embellished aphorisms that his moral teachings were transmitted. He scorned the conventions of civilized life, and his ascetic lifestyle and caustic opinions gave expression to the Cynic philosophy that in turn influenced Stoicism.

This unique edition also covers Diogenes' immediate successors, such as Crates, his wife Hipparchia, and the witty moral preacher Bion. The contrasting teachings of the Cyrenaic school, founded by Aristippos, a pleasure-loving friend of Socrates, complete the volume, together with a selection of apocryphal letters. An ideal compendium of Socratic moral philosophy, this entertaining volume opens a window on to some surprisingly modern attitudes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Diogenes and the Early Cynics A Humorous Portrait of Diogenes and Aristippos Diogenes' Conversion to the Ascetic Life The Sage as Beggar Self-Characterization A Short-cut to Philosophy The World of Illusion Religion and Superstition Politicians and Rulers The Sale and Enslavement of Diogenes Moralistic and Traditional Diogenes as Wit Old Age and Death Immediate Followers of Diogenes Sayings and Anecdotes of Crates The Followers of Crates Postscript: Borysthenes of Bion Antisthenes as Forerunner of Cynicism Aristippos and the Cyrenaics Aristippos of Cyrene The Cyrenaic School under the Younger Aristippos The Other Cyrenaics Apocryphal Letters Selections from the Cynic Letters Correspondence of Aristippos

ISBN: 9780199589241
ISBN-10: 0199589240
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 10th May 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.22

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