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Diogenes (/dˈɒəˌnz/; Greek: Διογένης, Diogénēs, "born of Zeus"[1]) is a Greek name shared by several important historical figures; the best known of whom is:

  • Diogenes of Sinope (412–323 BC), the philosopher, better known as Diogenes the Cynic or simply Diogenes.

Others named Diogenes include:

Note: "Diogenes" is sometimes confused with the name of Digenes Akritas, the hero of a famous Byzantine epic.


In modern literature[edit]

  • Diogenes, a British satirical magazine published from 1853–1855
  • Diogenes journal from the International Council of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies
  • Diogenes Verlag, a Swiss publishing house
  • The Diogenes Club, named after Diogenes of Sinope, co-founded by Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft
  • Diogenes, an interstellar scout ship in Poul Anderson's The Entity
  • Diogenes Small, fictional character created by Colin Dexter in the Inspector Morse series of books
  • Diogenes Pendergast, fictional character from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Pendergast series of books
  • Diogenes Teufelsdröckh, the fictional philosopher of Clothes Philosophy described in Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus


  1. ^ "Meaning & History". www.behindthename.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014.