Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Diogenes
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A. Historical dimension

(Διογένης/Diogénēs; Latin Diogenes [Cynicus])

A. Historical dimension

Although there probably was a historical figure named D. of Sinope (412/403–324/321 BC), truth and legend merge in the story of the most famous representative of the school of Cynicism to such a degree that "the value of almost all testimonies on D. as source material is problematic" [04.18]. There are attestations to D.' own writings, but no such writings survive. The chief source for understanding his hi…

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Jacob, Joachim, “Diogenes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_COM_004614>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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