The Cynic Philosophers

From Diogenes to Julian

Various - Author

Robert Dobbin - Editor/introduction

Robert Dobbin - Translator

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ISBN 9780141192222 | 352 pages | 26 Feb 2013 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A unique new volume illuminating the philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman Cynics
The Greek Cynics owned no property and rejected fame and fortune, living almost entirely out of doors while surviving on wild plants and water from natural springs. They promoted ideals such as self-sufficiency, freedom, detachment, shamelessness, and toughness, and their philosophy penetrated not only Greek but also Roman civilization. This unique anthology draws together the writings on and by various Cynic philosophers, from founding figures Antisthenes and Diogenes of Sinope to Hipparchia, one of the few female philosophers in antiquity, and fourth-century Roman emperor Julian "the apostate."

Lucian, The Cynic

Summary of Cynic Doctrines

Antisthenes’ Speech in the Symposium of Xenophon
Display Speeches by Ajax and Odysseus

Diogenes of Sinope

Crates and Hipparchia




Dio Chrysostom
Oration 6
Oration 8

On Appearance and Reality
On Self-Sufficiency
On Exile
A Comparison of Poverty and Wealth (A)
A Comparison of Poverty and Wealth (B)
That Pleasure Is Not the Goal of Life
On Circumstances
On Freedom from Passion

On the Death of Peregrinus

Epictetus, On Cynicism