Cleobulus of Lindos


The statue of the most well-known “tyrant” of Lindos, one of the seven sages of Greece, lived in 6th ct. BC.

Cleobulus was born inLindos and was distinguished for his strength, charm and wisdom. He was acquainted with Egyptian philosophy and is said to have rebuilt the temple of Athena which was founded by Danaus. Besides his fame as the most righteous ruler, he was the author of songs and riddles, making more than 3000 lines in all.

He died at the ripe age of seventy. His tomb is situated opposite Lindos rock and the inscription over him is: “Here the wise Rhodian, Cleobulus, sleeps, And o’er his ashes sea-proud Lindos weeps.”


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