Ancient Women Philosophers

Cleobulina of Rhodes

Cleobulina was the daughter of Cleobulus, one of the seven wise men. Much of what we know of Cleobulina comes from Aristotle's Poetics and he quoted her in Rhetorics. Fame came to her from her riddles, which she wrote in hexameter verse. [1] From Plutach we know that Thales praised her as being a woman with "a statesman's mind", thus he nicknamed her Eumetis meaning Wise Counsel. Her fathered was believed to have ruled Rhodes more fairly due to her influence [2].

1. Menage, Gilles. The History of Women Philosophers. Trans. by Beatrice H. Zedler. (New York: University Press of America, 1984).

2. Leon, Vicki. "Cleobulina," in Uppity Women of Ancient Greece. (San Luis Obispo: Tabula Rasa Press, 1989).

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