XXXIV. To Metrocles (p. 85)
This is one of the first true chreia of Diogenes in the letters. I’ve read other versions of his being captured by pirates. In the other, some wealthy man bought Diogenes to be a tutor for his children when Diogenes announced he could rule men.
The parable-like nature of the chreia are interesting, they’re well designed and the lessons they teach are couched in an artful way.
The question Diogenes asks about freedom is one worth pondering, if despite the liberties of bodies, are our minds/souls enslaved by pleasures and vice?
This is part of the Cynic Epistles Reading Plan.