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 (klē-ăn′thēz) 331?-232? bc.
Greek philosopher who succeeded Zeno as head of the Stoic school. His most famous work is a hymn to Zeus.


(Biography) ?300–?232 bc, Greek philosopher: succeeded Zeno as head of the Stoic school


(kliˈæn θiz)

c300–232? B.C., Greek Stoic philosopher.
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Noun1.Cleanthes - ancient Greek philosopher who succeeded Zeno of Citium as the leader of the Stoic school (300-232 BC)
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Hellanicus and Cleanthes say his father was Maeon, but Eugaeon says Meles; Callicles is for Mnesagoras, Democritus of Troezen for Daemon, a merchant-trader.
Cleanthes (330-230 BCE) was the second head of the Stoic school in Athens.
Chapman, indeed, had previously written the fantastic part of the title character of The Blind Beggar of Alexandria--variously a blind beggar or seer called Irus, the banished Duke Cleanthes, the usurer Leon, and 'the humorous duke' Hermes.
Admittedly, sometime in the period of Antigonus' suzerainty (306-301 BC) Cleanthes went to Athens and was at some point brought before the court of the Areopagites.
The Hellenistic philosophers considered are Epicurus; the stoics Zeno, Cleanthes, and Chrysippus; and Pyrrho of Elis.
There is a long list of philosophers who address personal prayers to deities; examples include the Stoic philosopher Cleanthes and his hymn to Zeus, (11) and the Epicurean Lucretius and his address to Venus at the beginning of his De rerum natura.
The other major work presented here is Marullus's Hymns to Nature, which belongs to a genre of theogonic poetry that begins with Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns and extends through Cleanthes, Callimachus, and Proclus.
Zenonem Cleanthes non expressisset, si tantummodo audisset: vitae eius interfuit, secreta perspexit, obervavit ilium, an ex formula sua viveret.
For example, Stobaeus advertises an argument from Cleanthes as 'about the city's being excellent where in fact Cleanthes argues that the city is 'urbane' (2.
lamented Cleanthes Cleanthou, a 23-year-old architecture student.
KEY WORDS: Russell, Chrysippus, Zeno, Cleanthes, Longinus
The Stoics also looked back to Cleanthes, who taught that ethical standards should arise from the examination of universal processes.