******* Biting Back ********
A fantasy about the life of Diogenes the Cynic
through the eyes of various contemporaries.
© Gavin Wraith 8/8/03
******* Onesicratus *******
Philiscus to Onesicratus
Androsthenes and I are well and staying at Phocion's
house in the city. Phocion says that there is plenty of room
for you too; in fact he urges you to come and join us, and
then all four of us can attend Diogenes' lectures
Androsthenes sends his apologies for not writing to you
earlier, and hopes that he has not caused you or mother
to worry about him. In fact, I suspect that he was hoping that
you would send me too, to see what my brother was getting up to.
You know that we have always been devoted sons, especially
when it comes to spending your money or teasing you about your
homilies on the superiority of Aeginetan common sense over
Athenian. So you may be surprised to hear that neither
of us are in need of funds at present, which you may credit
to Phocion's hospitality and Diogenes' ideas on self-reliance.
Much of what Diogenes is teaching seems to agree with your
paternal sermons. If you find all this hard to believe, then
I suggest you get on the next ferry and come and see
for yourself. By the way, neither of us intends to live in a jar.
Your loving son
Onesicratus to Diogenes
It seems, Diogenes, that you have seduced not only
my two sons, but their father also, with your teaching and with
your character. Sending Androsthenes to find an education
in Athens has turned out fortunately for our family, for we
have all become your students.
I know that respect for the dangers of wealth is by no means
the same as contempt for the wealthy, for if it were you would
not have treated us with the friendliness that in fact you have.
It would please us all if you would come to Aegina and stay with
us for as long as would suit you. As you know, our family has its
roots on this island, and there are many things that we would like
to show you. If you plan to return to Sinope, then you must
certainly come here first. I have made a standing arrangement with
the ferry for your transport, in case you decide to come.
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