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In a highly nontraditional fashion, he had a reputation for sleeping and eating wherever he chose and took to toughening himself against nature.He declared himself a cosmopolitan and a citizen of the world rather than claiming allegiance to just one place.After being captured by pirates and sold into slavery, Diogenes eventually settled in Corinth.There he passed his philosophy of Cynicism to Crates, who taught it to Zeno of Citium, who fashioned it into the school of Stoicism, one of the most enduring schools of Greek philosophy.Following the debacle in Sinope, Diogenes decided that the oracle meant that he should deface the political currency rather than actual coins.He traveled to Athens and made it his life's goal to challenge established customs and values.
He destroyed the single wooden bowl he possessed on seeing a peasant boy drink from the hollow of his hands.Diogenes was captured by pirates while on voyage to Aegina and sold as a slave in Crete to a Corinthian named Xeniades.Being asked his trade, he replied that he knew no trade but that of governing men, and that he wished to be sold to a man who needed a master. In ancient Greek this would sound both as "Governing men" and "Teaching values to people".He then exclaimed: "Fool that I am, to have been carrying superfluous baggage all this time!" It was contrary to Athenian customs to eat within the marketplace, and still he would eat there, for, as he explained when rebuked, it was during the time he was in the marketplace that he felt hungry.