the gordian knot

At the end of a prosperous reign, the King of Phrygia died, leaving no heir. The Phrygians, distraught and without leadership, decided to send some of their people on a long, dangerous journey to the Oracle at Delphi to ask for a prophecy.

The Oracle told the people that their next king would arrive drawn by oxen. When they returned to Phrygia, the emissaries described what they had heard, and as they told the news, Gordius and his wife rode into town on their oxen-drawn wagon. In keeping with the Oracle's declaration, the elders made Gordius king.

Upon being made king, Gordius dedicated his wagon to the deity of the Oracle. To remind himself of his humble beginnings, he tied the wagon to a post in front of his palace with an enormous knot.

Gordius ruled well. And in time, his son Midas took the throne. Phrygia prospered. But when Midas stepped from the throne, he left no heir to rule in his stead. Once again, the people were without a leader. Once again, they made the difficult trip to consult the Oracle. This time the Oracle told them that he who unraveled the knot tied by Gordius would be their next ruler.

Many years passed, and many men tried to untie the famous Gordian knot. None succeeded.

Then one day in the winter of 333 B.C. Alexander the Great travelled to Phrygia flanked by a large army. First Alexander attempted to untie the knot like everyone else.


When it became apparent that conventional means would not work, Alexander drew his sword and sliced the knot in half. The elders of Phrygia were initially wary of his solution, but they crowned him king.

As the years passed and Alexander conquered Asia, it became evident that his unconventional solution was the first of many wise decisions.

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