CERP: Day 35 – Diogenes Ep. 40.


XL. Diogenes the Cynic to Alexander (p. 169)
Here, we see some of the proto-anarchist tinge to the Ps-Diogenes.  Likening tyrants to children, to the diseased, to those fearfully hiding behind walls.  He points that they (and specifically Alexander) hire men to watch after their health, but where are those who watch after their souls?

“For it is quite enough for them to be wicked by themselves; but, by giving a salary besides to very wicked men, you present them with the opportunity of doing no good.  And you yourself have a hand at doing things like this and worse.”


This is part of the Cynic Epistles Reading Plan.