Seven Wise Men of Greece

Seven Wise Men of Greece.—The title applied to seven Greeks of the sixth century B. C., who were distinguished for their practical wisdom and their terse maxims or principles of life. Their names are as follows: Bias, Chilo, Cleobulus, Periander (in place of whom some give Epimenides), Pittacus, Solon and Thales. They were the authors of the following famous mottoes, inscribed in later times in the temple of Apollo at Delphi: “Most men are bad,” Bias ; “Consider the end,” Chilo ; “Avoid excess,” Cleobulus ; “Nothing is impossible to industry,” Periander ; “Know thy opportunity,” Pittacus ; “Know thyself,” Solon ; “Suretyship is the precursor of ruin,” Thales.