There is information that Lindos already had colonies by the 7th century and that it monopolized a large part of trade and shipping in the Mediterranean. The Lindians were the primary to draw up a naval code of justice, later called the Rhodian Naval Code. This was to become the basis of Roman naval justice and is even to be found at core of contemporary law. The Lindians were also great sculptors. Their bronze statues are famed for their incomparable craft. The famous Colossus of Rhodes was a bronze statue by the Lindian artist Chares. The town reached the peak of its power with in the 6th century B.C. particularly during the reign of Cleobulos who ruled for quite 40 years. Cleobulos is considered one amongst the Seven Sages of antiquity, primarily because he was the first to support the funding of public structures by fund-raising drives among the citizens. The money from these drives was used to build the Temple of Athena in 550 B.C.
The ancient Acropolis 410 feet (160m) above Lindos. On the approach to the top you will come to the CASTLE, a 13th century fortress that is at the doorway of the site. To the left are thirteen remaining columns of the STOA which was built around 200 B.C. and has been restored. The TEMPLE of the LINDIAN ATHENA was once a big religious site originally dating back to 100 BC. The remnants seen today were built by the tyrant Cleobulos within the 6th-century BC and are remarkably well intact, with colonnades flanking each side of the temple.
Excavations on this site in the early 1900’s brought to the surface a variety of items including 5000 years old tools and an inscribed plaque dating back to 99 BC that documented visitors to the temple: HERCULES, HELEN OF TROY and ALEXANDER THE GREAT to name a few.