Alexander the Great is the source of a phrase used in modern times to describe resolving an apparently unsolvable problem by ‘thinking out of the box’. While traveling in modern day Turkey near a region called Phrygia, Alexander deviated from his march to visit a city called Gordium.
He was keenly aware of a prophecy that surrounded a cart and a yoke held together by a knot of cornel bark. The prophecy foretold that the person who could untie the knot would rule all of Asia. Many had tried, but none had succeeded. It was apparently so for the impetuous Alexander.
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