Diogenes

Diogenes dīŏj´ənēz [key], c.412–323 BC, Greek Cynic philosopher pupil of Antisthenes. He was born in Sinope and lived in Athens. He taught that the virtuous life is the simple life, and he dramatically discarded conventional comforts, living in a tub. He is said to have thrown away his last utensil, a cup, when he saw a peasant drink from his hands. When Alexander the Great asked what he might do for him, Diogenes said, Only step out of my sunlight. His daylight quest with a lantern for an honest man was probably the most striking expression of his contempt for his generation.

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