n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - King meets dog : the origin of the meeting between Alexander and Diogenes

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The article questions some scholarly assumptions about the famous anecdote on the meeting between Alexander and Diogenes the Cynic. While scholars have rightly placed the story within the topos of the opposition between wise man and king, its interest in the two figures amounts to more than generic and its depiction of Alexander is not necessarily hostile. It seems probable that the original form was not a ; rather, later versions were extracted from an extended literary version of such an encounter. An early work satisfying these criteria is the by Onesicritus, the pupil of Diogenes who accompanied Alexander on his Asian campaign.

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