CLEANTHES (klē-ăn'thēz). Son of Phanius of Assos and head of the Stoic school from 263 to 232 b.c. He infused religious fervor into Zeno’s Stoicism. He taught that the universe was a living being and God its soul. He taught disinterestedness in ethics, maintaining that doing good to gain advantage was like feeding cattle for meat. He taught, too, that evil thoughts were worse than evil deeds. His Hymn to Zeus, a surviving poem, contains the words quoted by Paul in Athens (
CLEANTHES klĭ an’ thez (Κλεάνθης), son of Phanius of Assos and head of the Stoic school in Athens from 263-232 b.c.
His Hymn to Zeus, a surviving poem, contains the words quoted by Paul in his address before the Areopagus Court (