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Headword: Diogenês
Adler number: delta,1143
Translated headword: Diogenes
Vetting Status: high
Son of a banker [named] Hikesios, from Sinope. Diogenes, after running away from his homeland on account of having counterfeited some coinage,[1] arrived in Athens. After meeting Antisthenes the Cynic,[2] he fell in love with that lifestyle and embraced the Cynic philosophy; he became contemptuous of his own great wealth. When he was old, he was taken by a pirate named Skirtalos[3] and after he had been sold in Corinth to a certain Xeniades, he stayed for a long time with his buyer, not choosing to be ransomed by the Athenians nor by his family and friends.
In the 113th Olympiad, he died after being bitten in the leg by a dog and refusing treatment, on the same day as Alexander of Macedon died in Babylon.[4]
Greek Original:
Diogenês, Hikesiou huios trapezitou, Sinôpeus. hos phugôn tên patrida dia to parakopsai nomisma êlthen eis Athênas kai Antisthenei parabalôn tôi Kunikôi êrasthê tou ekeinou biou kai tên Kunikên philosophian êspasato, pollês ousês autôi huperidôn ousias. gêraios de ôn hupo peiratou Skirtalou elêphthê kai pratheis en Korinthôi Xeniadêi tini para tôi priamenôi diemeinen, ouch helomenos luthênai hupo Athênaiôn ê tôn oikeiôn kai philôn. epi de tês rig# Olumpiados katestrepse ton bion dêchtheis hupo kunos to skelos kai therapeias huperidôn, kata tên autên hêmeran hote kai ho Makedôn Alexandros en Babulôni apethanen.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Diogenes at web address 1; Catholic Encyclopedia entry on Cynicism at web address 2. See also delta 1141, delta 1144. For the present material cf. Diogenes Laertius 6.20-21 & 79.
[1] In D.L. rival authorities are cited for two versions of this: the counterfeiter was either Hikesios or Diogenes himself.
[2] See alpha 2723.
[3] cf. sigma 629.
[4] Undue compression here: D.L. says that he was an old man in the 113th Olympiad (328-325), and has already said that he died on the same day as Alexander the Great (in sc. 323).
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Translated by: Diane Spurlock on 8 November 2002@15:55:01.
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