THE SEVEN WISE MEN In the ancient world of Greece there was a group of politicians and philosophers who in time became known as the Seven Wise Men. These men were Bias, Chilon, Cleobulus, Periander, Pittacus, Solon, and Thales. Thales of Miletus was the first known Greek philosopher. He is believed to have predicted an eclipse of the sun in 585 BC. He stated that water, air, and fire were the driving forces behind everything in nature.
He was also a mathematician. His mathematical theories include the concept of isosceles triangles and a diameters relation to a circle. Cleobulus was born in. He was believed t be a decedent of Hercules.
Few is known about him except that he was both strong and beautiful. His two most famous sayings are "Learn to bear bravely changes of fortune," and "Safeguard the health both of body and soul." Pittacus is most famous for the overthrew of Melanchrus of Lesbos. During a war with the Athenians he defeated Phrynon and was asked by the people of Lesbos to protect them. Bias wrote and epic entitled Ionia.
It was a guide on how to achieve happiness. His to famous sayings are "it is easier to decide between enemies than between friends; for that of friends, one was sure to become an enemy to him; but that of enemies, one was sure to become a friend," and "Cherish wisdom as a means of traveling from youth to old age, for it is more lasting than any other possession." Solon was a politician who would also write poetry. He was asked t be leader because the rich felt a connection with him, and the poor trusted his honesty. He valued knowledge and understanding over money.
The laws he put in place were fair and often resembled that of our judicial system. Periander was the of Corinth. His two famous sayings are "Ignorance and talkativeness bear the chief sway among men," and "Men ought to give their daughters in marriage while they were girls in age, but women in sense" He is also known for founding several colonies, opening shipping routes to the Etruscans, and trading with the Egyptians Chilon was the first to achieve the title of ephor. An ephor basically an adviser to the king. Chilon believed that for humans to be virtuous they would have to make level headed desicisions.
His most famous quote is "Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all of time.".