Diogenes was a controversial figure. He had a reputation for sleeping and eating wherever he chose in a highly non-traditional fashion, and took to toughening himself against nature. Diogenes he chose the nails pdf a virtue of poverty.
He became notorious for his philosophical stunts, such as carrying a lamp during the day, claiming to be looking for an honest man. Nothing is known about Diogenes’ early life except that his father Hicesias was a banker. It seems likely that Diogenes was also enrolled into the banking business aiding his father. Diogenes was exiled from the city and lost his citizenship and all his material possessions. Sinope dating from the middle of the 4th century BC, and other coins of the time bear the name of Hicesias as the official who minted them. During this time there was much counterfeit money circulating in Sinope. The coins were deliberately defaced in order to render them worthless as legal tender.
4th century, and there may have been political rather than financial motives behind the act. Following the debacle in Sinope, Diogenes decided that the oracle meant that he should deface the political currency rather than actual coins. He argued that instead of being troubled about the true nature of evil, people merely rely on customary interpretations. Diogenes arrived in Athens with a slave named Manes who abandoned him shortly thereafter. With characteristic humor, Diogenes dismissed his ill fortune by saying, “If Manes can live without Diogenes, why not Diogenes without Manes?