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. When discussing or visiting Lindos in Rhodes, we should always remember Cleobulus Of Lindos (Κλεόβουλος ὁ Λίνδιος in Greek) as a significant historical figure.
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 Of Lindos?
Cleobulus was born in the 7th Century. Cleobulus Of Lindos, the son of Evagoras and a citizen of Lindos in Rhodes, ruled the city for over 40 years. Recognized as one of The Seven Sages Of Greece, he also earned the title ‘The Wise’.
The term Seven Sages Of Greece refers to individuals recognized for their wisdom in ancient times. 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 studied Philosophy in Egypt and was renowned as a very good Poet. He had a daughter too named Cleobulina. She also went on to be an established Poet.
Some regarded Cleobulus very highly, referring to him as the ‘King of The Lindians’. He was also perceived as a strong yet kind 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.
Upon arriving in Lindos, they constructed The Temple Of Athena to honor their safe escape from their homeland.
Over many years of course, this temple became frail and needed restoration work. Cleobulus raised funds from the local people to reconstruct The Temple Of Athena, earning credit for its restoration.
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 Of Lindos
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. A beautiful setting with a gorgeous view of his native Lindos don’ you think? Although it is actually said that he is not buried there at all.
During his reign centuries ago, Cleobulus led Lindos to flourish, making this homage to him particularly fitting.
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, astronomers discovered an asteroid and named it ‘4503 Cleobulus’.
Cleobulus is credited with many sayings, such as:
- ‘Do Not Be Fickle Or Ungrateful’
- ‘Be Superior To Pleasure’
- ‘Do Nothing By Force’
- ‘Be Fond Of Learning Rather Than Unwilling To Learn’
- ‘Cherish Not A Thought’
- ‘Moderation Is The Best Thing’
- ‘Be Ready For Reconciliation After Quarrels’
- ‘Avoid Injustice’
Cleobulus Of Lindos – Overall
Like I said at the beginning, it is very important not to overlook the importance of history when visiting places such as Lindos. Many visitors to this famous land often leave without even hearing 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 on Cleobulus Of Lindos. They are important to me, and I will get back to all of you.