When visiting places with an ancient history, it is very easy to soak in the sites and atmosphere, but it is also easy to overlook the important people that had an effect on the history of places in years gone by. Cleobulus Of Lindos (Κλεόβουλος ὁ Λίνδιος in Greek) is one of those figures that should not be forgotten about when it comes to talking about/visiting Lindos in Rhodes.
As you may recall I have mentioned Cleobulus in The History Of Lindos section. This is with good reason too, as he was a native of Lindos and he was the ruler of this land in the 6th Century BC.
So, Who Was Cleobulus?
Cleobulus was born in the 7th Century. He was the son of Evagoras and he was also a resident/citizen of Lindos in Rhodes. He went on to rule the city of Lindos for over 40 years and is named as one of The Seven Sages Of Greece. He was also known as ‘The Wise’.
For those that are not familiar with this term Seven Sages Of Greece, this was the name given to people who were said to have wisdom at the time. This could be a Lawmaker, a Statesman or Philosopher etc.
You can see the other named persons on the Greek Arts and Literature section.
Cleobulus also studied Philosophy in Egypt and was also said to be a very good Poet. He had a daughter too named Cleobulina. She also went on to be an established Poet.
He was spoken of very highly by some. Various important figures referred to Cleobulus as ‘King of The Lindians” and was also thought of as a very strong but nice person.
The Temple of Athena
Lindos is very important when it comes to the history in Rhodes.
If you refer back to The History Of Lindos section, you will read that Danaos (A Son Of The King Of Egypt) and his fifty daughter absconded from Egypt to Rhodes centuries ago. This was to escape his brother (Aegyptus) and his fifty sons.
Once in Lindos, it is said that they went on to construct The Temple Of Athena in honor for their safe escape from their homeland.
Over many years of course, this temple became frail and needed restoration work. Cleobulus was able to generate funds from the local people in order to carry out this work and he is credited with its reconstruction.
If you visit the Acropolis of Lindos even today, you can still see some of the remains of The Temple Of Athena.
The Legacy Of Cleobulus
Cleobulus was said to live until the age of seventy. Now, if you visit Lindos, you will see a large stone on the opposite peninsular to the Acropolis of Lindos. This is referred to as the Tomb Of Cleobulus. It is a beautiful setting with a gorgeous view of his native Lindos, but it is actually said that he is not buried there at all.
It is a very nice homage to him though, as during his reign all them centuries ago, Lindos was said to flourish while under his control. It can be said that he was very much responsible for the wealth and success of Lindos while it was under his command during the 6th Century BC.
Another really wonderful homage to Cleobulus was the naming of an asteroid in his memory. In 1989 an asteroid was discovered and it was named ‘4503 Cleobulus’.
There are also many sayings that have been credited to Cleobulus, such as:
- ‘Do Not Be Fickle Or Ungrateful’
- ‘Be Superior To Pleasure’
- ‘Be Fond Of Learning Rather Than Unwilling To Learn’
- ‘Be Ready For Reconciliation After Quarrels’
- ‘Do Nothing By Force’
- ‘Cherish Not A Thought’
- ‘Moderation Is The Best Thing’
- ‘Avoid Injustice’
Like I said at the beginning, it is very important not to overlook the importance of history when visiting places such as Lindos. You would be surprised how many people visit this famous land and then leave again without even hearing his the name ‘Cleobulus’.
If it was not for him, Lindos would never have become the place it is today. He is credited with bringing wealth to Lindos and to the local people.
After his death, an inscription was made that says the following.
“Here the wise Rhodian, Cleobulus, sleeps, and o’er his ashes sea-proud Lindus weeps”.
Be sure to read more about some of the historical figures that have an effect on the history of Rhodes. Also, leave me your thoughts and opinions. They are important to me, and I will get back to all of you.