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Ancient Inscription Touts Benefits of Greek Philosophy of Epicureanism

The benefits of the ancient Greek philosophy of Epicureanism are touted in an inscription discovered recently at a remote site in Turkey. The inscription, a quote from the Second century AD philosopher Diogenes, exhorts readers to follow Epicureanism, the way...

Was Greek Philosopher Diogenes the Cynic the First Anarchist?

Greek philosopher Diogenes could have been the first anarchist, or the first satirist, or the first naturalist -- depending on the reader's point of view.

Statue of Greek Philosopher Diogenes Causes Controversy in Turkey

A statue dedicated to the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes in Sinope, Turkey, the city of his birth, stirred controversy in the country for a surprising reason. By Dimosthenes Vasiloudis The Statue of Diogenes (Turkish: Diyojen Heykeli) is a monument dedicated to...

Diogenes: Likely First Person to Give Someone the Finger

The ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes the Cynic, was most likely the man who invented "the finger" as an insult. The historian of philosophy Diogenes Laertios wrote that the cynical philosopher Diogenes made the rude gesture to the orator Demosthenes in...

Did Ancient Greeks Enjoy Swimming and Going to the Beach?

Every summer, Greeks flock to the beaches of the Aegean and Ionian seas to swim and get a tan. But did the ancient Greeks enjoy the beach?

When Alexander the Great Met Diogenes the Cynic

The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, known as the father of Cynicism, has become famous for his many interesting interactions, particularly with famous Greek leader Alexander the Great. Diogenes the Cynic (also known as Diogenes of Sinope) lived against the norms...

Turkish Religious Group Demands Removal of Greek Philosopher Statue

A religious conservative foundation staged a protest in Turkey's Black Sea province of Sinop on Tuesday, demanding to remove a statue of ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, Turkish news daily Hurriyet reported. The Erbakan Foundation said it was protesting the fact...

It's Easy To Find The Greeks Who Can't Steal Straight

There’s so many scandals in Greece that you need a scorecard to keep them straight and they all involve politicians, businessmen and connected people who thought, often with much justification that either they were too smart to get caught,...