23 of December, 2012
ALEXANDER MEETS DIOGENES
"Please move out of my sunlight"
The Greeks were gathered at the Isthmus and voted to make war on the Persians with Alexander, then proclaimed him their general. When many politicians and philosophers came to meet and congratulate him, he hoped that Diogenes of Sinope would do the same. But the latter thought little of Alexander, and was taking his leisure in the Kraneion, so Alexander went to him, where he happened to be lying in the sun. He sat up a little, as such a crowd had come, and looked at Alexander. When the latter, addressing him in a kindly way, asked him if he happened to need anything, Diogenes said “You could move aside a little from between me and the sun.” At this, Alexander is said to have been so struck and, even while being disrespected, so amazed at the disdain and the greatness of the man, that as they went away, while his followers were laughing and mocking he said, “Indeed, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.”