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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 26, Issue 2, Spring 2022

Scott AikinOrcid-ID, Lucy Alsip VollbrechtOrcid-ID
Pages 273-286

On Diogenes and Olympic Victors
Cynic Rhetoric and the Problem of Audience

Diogenes’s exchange with Cicermos the Olympic pankratist is unusual in that it is both a dialectical exchange and is successful in changing Cicermos’s mind. Most Cynic rhetoric is physical or gestural and more often alienates than convinces. The puzzling difference is explained by the rhetorical choices Diogenes makes with his uniquely receptive audience.