Sayings and Anecdotes: with Other Popular Moralists

Paperback | April 24, 2012

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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 meansof 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 ofapocryphal letters. An ideal compendium of Socratic moral philosophy, this entertaining volume opens a window on to some surprisingly modern attitudes.

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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 a...

Robin Hard has translated Apollodorus' Library of Greek Mythology and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations for Oxford World's Classics. He is the author of the Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Diogenes and the Early CynicsA Humorous Portrait of Diogenes and AristipposDiogenes' Conversion to the Ascetic LifeThe Sage as BeggarSelf-CharacterizationA Short-cut to PhilosophyThe World of IllusionReligion and SuperstitionPoliticians and RulersThe Sale and Enslavement of DiogenesMoralistic and TraditionalDiogenes as WitOld Age and DeathImmediate Followers of DiogenesSayings and Anecdotes of CratesThe Followers of CratesPostscript: Borysthenes of BionAntisthenes as Forerunner of CynicismAristippos and the CyrenaicsAristippos of CyreneThe Cyrenaic School under the Younger AristipposThe Other CyrenaicsApocryphal LettersSelections from the Cynic LettersCorrespondence of Aristippos