An Epitaph for Diogenes the Cynic
Epitaphs 30 “Diogenis”
A shoulder-bag and some barley meal,
A cloak, a walking-stick, and a cup-
Such was the Cynic’s scanty baggage,
And yet he thinks it excessive.
For when he saw a ploughman
Drinking with the cups of his hands,
He said, “Why do I carry you,
Cup, when you’re not needed?”
Pera, polenta, tribon, baculus, scyphus, arta supellex
ista fuit Cynici: set putat hanc nimiam.
namque cavis minibus cernens potare bubulcum:
‘cur, scyphe, te,’ dixit, ‘gesto supervacuum?’
Diogenes Searching for an Honest Man, Jacob Jordaens, ca. 1642