Quaero hominem - "search for a human being".
Subtracting a star from Making of Modern Cynicism for being deliberately impenetrable. What a wanker. This is of course referring to Diogenes famous anecdote of walking through the market in broad daylight with a lit lamp in search of a human being. That term took some serious digging to find - but once the meaning is established, an otherwise confusing passage in the book becomes clear. WANKER. This is typhos you WANKER - deliberate befuddling of clarity. WANKER.
On the bright side, Diogenes' Sayings and Anecdotes: With Other Popular Moralists arrived yesterday. This is only just released by Oxford University Press. In a word - wonderful. This is in the "must have" category.
Virtually all of the original Cynic writings and records have been obliterated - all that remains are small seeds of anecdote and aphorism scattered to the winds. There has never been a systemic effort to collate all the fragments in the one place in a coherent manner. This book does exactly that - it has sifted through all available literature to date and extracted the verified seeds and catalogued them by context and history. It not only lists all of the surviving scraps, but also all of the variants that have mutated. Superb. In fact, if you are new to the world of Cynicism, this is probably the very best place to start.
When someone chided Diogenes on seeing him come out of a brothel, he said, "What's the matter then? Should I have been coming out of your house?"