‘LIKE A BIRD WITH THE GIFT OF REASON’: MAXIMUS OF TYRE ON THE FREEDOM OF DIOGENES THE CYNIC

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Abstract


In his thirty-sixth oration, Maximus of Tyre draws on Greek
philosophical and literary traditions, including the myth of the
Golden Age, to encourage his audience to emulate Diogenes the
Cynic. While some consider Maximus a philosophical dilettante, I
argue here that this oration serves, rather, as an example of a popular
philosophy.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/64-0-1007

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