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Greek Philosopher Bion

Updated on August 29, 2010

Bion was a Greek philosopher of the 3rd century B.C. He is best known for his Diatribae, a satirical work expounding the philosophy of "hedonistic Cynicism," which contended that the life of a Cynic, one who scoffed at all prevailing beliefs and conventions, was a happy and pleasurable one.

Only fragments of Bion's works are extant, but it is probable that he was an atheist because he is mentioned in contemporary sources as regarding all questions about the nature of the gods as unimportant.

According to the account of the Greek biographer Diogenes Laertius, Bion was the slave of a rhetorician who made him his heir.

He studied philosophy at Athens, first under Crates of the Cynic school, then with Theodorus, who was called the Atheist. Bion died at Chalcis, in Euboea.


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      Matthew Goldsmith 6 years ago

      His name is in fact Bion of Borythenes and I admire his intellectuall acuteness.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Interesting hub. I had not heard of Bion before. My classical education is limited: thank you for expanding it a little.

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      Jane Bovary 7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Well that was brief but interesting Philosophos. I'd never heard of Bion but ..a pleasure-seeking cynic... my type of guy. Your hub prompted me to look him up. I couldn't find a great deal but I see he came up with a few pithy sayings:

      "It is useless to tear our hair when we are in grief, since sorrow is not cured by baldness."

      Hpw true!