About the Trophy

Diogenes is considered one of the founders of Cynicism – the purpose of life is to live by virtue in agreement with nature and to lead a simple life free from all possessions. He modelled himself on the example of Heracles, a divine protector of mankind, and believed that virtue – moral excellence – was better revealed in action than in theory. He used his simple lifestyle and behaviour to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt, confused society.

Many anecdotes of Diogenes refer to his dog-like behavior, and his praise of a dog’s virtues. Diogenes believed human beings live artificially and hypocritically and would do well to study the dog. Dogs live in the present without anxiety, and have no use for the pretensions of abstract philosophy. In addition to these virtues, dogs are thought to know instinctively who is friend and who is foe – dogs will give an honest bark at the truth.