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The Cynic Philosophers
  • Published: 2 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141939308
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Cynic Philosophers

from Diogenes to Julian



A unique new volume illuminating the philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman Cynics

The Greek Cynics lived almost entirely out of doors, travelled the country with little protection against the elements except a heavy cloak, survived on lupines, pulses and wild cereals, and depended on natural springs to slake their thirst. They promoted ideals such as self-sufficiency, freedom, detachment, and toughness, and their philosophy penetrated not only Greek but also Roman civilization. This unique anthology draws together the writings on and by various Cynics philosophers, from Diogenes of Sinope - acknowledged as the founder of Cynicism and nicknamed 'The Dog' due to his neglect of personal hygiene - to Hipparchia, one of the few female philosophers in antiquity, to the fourth-century Emperor Julian.

  • Published: 2 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141939308
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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