XXX. To Hicetas, do well (p. 131)
This might be my favorite Epistle to date. Ps-Diogenes is telling (not the story we know about being assaulted with a staff) his instruction next to the associate of Socrates, whom I think we can safely say is Antisthenes.
In it, Antisthenes installs Ps-Diogenes as a philosopher. The giving of each item, and the explanation, coupled with the call-and-response style dialogue has a decidedly ritualistic feel.
I can imagine a group of Cynics, “Bring forth the one who would be a true human!” And ritualistically applying the uniform of a philosopher, with a moral lesson and lecture to mark the occasion.
I think this show the nature of the Epistles well, pretty fast and loose on fact, but a teaching and persuasive method which is hard to argue with.
This is part of the Cynic Epistles Reading Plan.