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Definition: An intricate knot used by a man named Gordius to secure his oxcart. This man was a peasant who came to Phrygia in an oxcart. An oracle had told the Phyrgians that their next king would arrive in a wagon. The oxcart was good enough for them, and they made Gordius king. He responded by offering his oxcart to Zeus and tying the cart up with a difficult knot. Gordius was succeeded by Midas, who didn't leave an heir. The same oracle who had spoken before now told the people that whoever cut the knot would have the rule of all Asia. Alexander the Great arrived in Phrygia and cut the Gordian Knot with his sword. Soon, he was pursuing "the rule of all Asia."

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