Crates of Thebes(365-c.285 BC)

Crates of Thebes(365-c.285 BC)

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Caption: Crates was a Cynic philosopher who, like Diogenes, the most famous of the Cynics, gave away his money to live a life of poverty in Athens. The Cynics advocated asceticism. non-conformism and the denial of luxuries, wealth and social status. Unusually for Ancient Greece his marriage to Hipparchia was based on mutual respect and equality. This late 15th c. marble-inlay mosaic from Siena shows him hurling from a basket his money and jewellery as a symbol of the vanity of earthly possessions.

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Keywords: ancient greece, asceticism, athens, crates, cynic, cynics, diogenes, gender equality, greek, hellenism, marble-inlay, mosaic, non-conformism., non-conventional., philosopher, philosophy, poverty, wealth

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