Oedipus and Thyestes among the Philosophers: Incest and Cannibalism in Plato, Diogenes, and Zeno

  title={Oedipus and Thyestes among the Philosophers: Incest and Cannibalism in Plato, Diogenes, and Zeno},
  author={Brian S. Hook},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={17 - 40}
ncest and cannibalism , the “unspeakables” of the tragic stage, appear with a direct and insistent regularity in Cynic and early Stoic writings. Diogenes, Zeno, and Chrysippus put these acts in the same context, as moral exempla of things permissible for the wise man, the one with “right reason.” 1 The reasons behind the philosophers’ choice of these “unspeakables” as paradigms were lost even in antiquity; later Stoics were sometimes embarrassed by Zeno’s Republic, largely because of these… Expand
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