Cynicism Timeline


Socrates' Birth

470 BC - 399 BC

Teacher of Antisthenes

Cynicism was founded

445 BC - 401 BC

Cynicism was founded sometime in the late 5th century BC.

Antisthenes is born

445 BC - 365 BC

Socrates student and founder of Cynicism

Diogenes was born

412 BC - 323 BC

Diogenes adopted Antisthenes' teachings and way of life. He was strong believer in cynicism. He was also a major contributor in the Socratic dialogues of Xenophon.

Crates of Thebes was born

365 BC - 285 BC

A well respected man, who gave a large fortune so he could live a life of poverty.

Hipparchia of Maroneia was born

350 BC - 280 BC

Hipparchia of Maroneia was the first cynic philosopher to be a women and a wife to Crates of Thebes

Cynicism declines

300 BC - 201 BC

Due to the rise of Stoicism, Cynicism underwent a major decline.

Cynicism started to spread

1 AD - 100 AD

Cynics were found preaching throughout the Roman Empire spreading their philosophy.

Cynicism Dissappears

401 AD - 500 AD

Cynicism is finally gone, although, Christians adopted many ideas and methods from it.