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Pierre Bayle (1647—1706)


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The wife of Crates the Cynic, whom she had chosen to marry in spite of the poverty and unconventionality of the life he offered her. She was a source of speculation because, since the Cynics insisted that nothing natural was shameful, she and Crates are reported as having copulated together in public. Augustine (City of God, xiv. 20) thinks that they only pretended to do so, under the concealment of the Cynic's cloak. But he was properly reprimanded for this unwarranted scepticism by Bayle.

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