Dogs' tales : representations of ancient Cynicism in French by Hugh Roberts

By Hugh Roberts

Drowsing tough, having intercourse in public and insulting the main strong males on the earth earned the traditional Cynic or 'dog' philosophers repute and infamy in antiquity and past. This publication finds that French Renaissance texts function a wealthy and sundry set of responses to the canine, together with in particular Diogenes of Sinope (4th century B.C.), whose existence was once a subversive functionality combining knowledge and wisecracks. Cynicism is a different case within the renewal of curiosity in historic philosophy at the present, because of its transmission via jokes and anecdotes. The Cynics' curious mixture of seduction and sedition is going a ways to account for either the thrill and the stress that they generate in Renaissance texts. Responses to the extraordinary and intentionally marginal philosophical stance of the canine forged mild again at the mainstream, revealing cultural attitudes, tensions and uncertainties. principally, representations of Cynicism represent a domain for the exploration of wierd and paradoxical principles in playful and funny methods. this can be real of either significant writers, together with Erasmus, Rabelais and Montaigne, and of dozens of different much less famous yet interesting figures. This booklet might be of curiosity to scholars and students of highbrow and literary background

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Du Puys’s anxiety amply demonstrates how even the comparatively mild Cynic material of the Epistles can provoke tension. 5. Stobaeus (John of Stobi) Stobaeus’s fifth-century AD anthology, originally composed for his son, contains over a hundred Cynic sayings and anecdotes, several of which are not duplicated in any other source. 33 In France, Stobaeus was best known through Conradus Gesnerus’s (Konrad Gesner) Greek and Latin edition, Johannis Stobaei sententiae ex thesauris Graecorum delectae. It was first published in Zurich in 32 33 Derek Krueger, ‘The Bawdy and Society: The Shamelessness of Diogenes in Roman Imperial Culture’, The Cynics, pp.

Cynicism on the other hand is an unstable group of philosophical traditions, conveyed 36 37 Terence Cave, ‘Imagining Scepticism in the Sixteenth Century’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 1 (1992), 193-205 and Pré-histoires: textes troublés au seuil de la modernité, Les seuils de la modernité, 1 (Geneva: Droz, 1999), pp. 23-50 (henceforth Pré-histoires I); Emmanuel Naya, ‘Traduire les Hypotyposes pyrrhoniennes: Henri Estienne entre la fièvre quarte et la folie chrétienne’, Le Scepticisme au XVIe et au XVIIe siècle, ed.

3 One of the principal editions of Diogenes Laertius was printed by Henri Estienne’s publishing business in Calvinist Geneva in 1570, the Diogenis Laertii de vitis, dogmatis & apophthegmatis eorum qui in philosophia clarurunt, libri X, which includes notes from Estienne, the Greek text, and subsequently the Latin translation. Estienne published a further edition in 1593 which had the Greek text and Latin translation sideby-side, and included Casaubon’s Notae ad Diogenis Laërtii libros de vitis […] philosophorum, which had originally been published in 1583.

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