Diogenes: Politically incorrect

An anecdote that involves the cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope (404-323 B.C.): ” When some strangers (visiting Athens) expressed a wish to see Demosthenes, he (Diogenes the cynic) stretched out his middle finger and said, “There goes the demagogue of Athens.” Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers. Book VI. Chapter 2. [34]  So, there you go…Continue reading “Diogenes: Politically incorrect”

There and back again. A Marbles’ controversy

Some Brits ask: “How can you own something that was made back in the 5th century BC?” Some Greeks say: “Greek people want them back!” Is it that hard to comprehend that they’re all missing the point? It is not the Greek State that owns them. It’s the Parthenon and the city of Athens thatContinue reading “There and back again. A Marbles’ controversy”