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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.
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.
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.
The Stoics also looked back to Cleanthes, who taught that ethical standards should arise from the examination of universal processes.
founded by the fourth century BCE by the Greek thinker Zeno of Citium and systematized by his successors Cleanthes and Chrysippus in the third
Philo, the hardlined skeptic, relates to Cleanthes, the more cautious skeptic, the Brahmin theory that the "world arose from an infinite spider, who spun this whole complicated mass from his bowels, and annihilates afterwards the whole or any part of it, by absorbing it again and resolving it into his own essence.
Andonovic and Tihomir Dordevic, considered them to be originally Serbs, while the Greeks like Cleanthes Nicolaides called them Greeks.
But while Stoics such as Zeno, Chrysippus, and Cleanthes established the fundamental principles of physics, none of them claimed to be wise.
60) From the start but particularly since Cleanthes, Stoicism had displayed theistic tendencies, giving exceptional status to the supreme divinity who is simultaneously nature, reason, cause and mind.
And it is telling that in Laertius' list of the writings of Cleanthes there is a treatise entitled Virtue is the same for men and women.
Although they are 'more probable' than the 'Orthodoxy' of Demea, the views of Cleanthes 'approach still nearer to the truth' (see pp.