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ἔοικας οἰομένῳ: you are like one who thinks, “you seem to think.” εἶναι: “consists in.” θείου: for the gen. with advs., cf. ii.1.23. κράτιστον: “perfect.” The selfdenial here described was carried to an extreme by the sect of philosophers known as Cynics, founded by Antisthenes, a devoted follower of Socrates (cf. iii.11.17; Sym. viii. 4). Its most famous representative was Diogenes, who came from Sinope to Athens some years after the death of Socrates, and was speedily attracted to the school of Antisthenes. The extravagances and ostentation of his ascetic life are in strong contrast to the generally sane and unaffected simplicity of Socrates.
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