F – Diogenes the Cynic at the Isthmian Games, Dio Chrysostom 8.36

[36] ταῦτα δὲ λέγοντος τοῦ Διογένους, περιίσταντο πολλοὶ καὶ πάνυ ἡδέως ἠκροῶντο τῶν λόγων. ἐννοήσας δὲ οἶμαι τὸ τοῦ Ἡρακλέους, τοὺς μὲν λόγους ἀφῆκε, χαμαὶ δὲ καθεζόμενος ἐποίει τι τῶν ἀδόξων. εὐθὺς οὖν οἱ πολλοὶ κατεφρόνουν αὐτοῦ καὶ μαίνεσθαι ἔφασαν, καὶ πάλιν ἐθορύβουν σοφισταί, καθάπερ ἐν τέλματι βάτραχοι τὸν ὕδρον οὐχ ὁρῶντες.

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Tell, Håkan. “Sages at the Games: Intellectual Displays and Dissemination of Wisdom in Ancient Greece.” Classical Antiquity 26.2 (2007) 249-75.

Alexander, holding a staff in his right hand and his left arm akimbo and in the company of advisers and soldiers, towers over Diogenes, who is seated on the ground in a simple tunic
Caspar de Crayer, Alexander and Diogenes. Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne. Between 1625-30. According to Diogenes Laertius (6.32) and Plutarch (Alex. 14), “while Diogenes was relaxing in the morning sunlight, Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my sunlight.” Alexander then declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.” “If I were not Diogenes, I would still wish to be Diogenes,” Diogenes replied.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diogenes)