The Gordian Knot: History in a Minute (Episode 18)

The Gordian Knot: History in a Minute (Episode 18)

Hey there everybody! It’s Mr. Philip Campbell with Homeschool Connections History in a Minute. I am your bearded nerdy history guru. And, hey, you ever heard the story of the Gordian Know? This this goes back to the time of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. Now there’s a city called Gordium in Asia Minor, which is modern-day Turkey and when Alexander conquered this region around the year 333, he came into the city of Gordium and he found this ancient oxcart that was tied to a yoke with these uh with these straps that were just this horrendous mass of knots, tangled so hopelessly complex that there’s no way to figure out how they were how they were tied. And there was this legend that whoever could loosen this knot would one day be the ruler of Asia. Well of course this excited Alexander immensely and he he came up and a fumbled around with the knot for a little while trying to loosen its ends. And eventually he got frustrated he stepped back and says, “it makes no difference how the knot is loosened.” And he drew his sword and simply sliced the knot in half and happily held up the two ends that he’d cut, showing that he had successfully loosen the knot. This this story has become a metaphor for for thinking outside the box to solve a seemingly impossible problem. So remember Alexander and the Gordian knot next time you’re confronted with a seemingly impossible difficulty. Hey, please subscribe to this channel check us out online at for more great Catholic educational resources. And remember history is awesome! Thank you.

11 thoughts on “The Gordian Knot: History in a Minute (Episode 18)

  1. Albanian(ShqiPeria) Gur nyen. Stone knot. Albanian language is the only language that preserved ancient Grake Greek from Graecia Grecce. We are the anciant arkaik ALB(ar ka ik) past land people. Via ik na ti. Via go we and u.

  2. "In an alternative version of the story, Alexander loosed the knot by pulling the linchpin from the yoke
    Sources from antiquity agree that Alexander was confronted with the challenge of the knot, but his solution is disputed.
    Both Plutarch and Arrian relate that, according to Aristobulus,[ Alexander pulled the knot out of its pole pin, exposing the two ends of the cord and allowing him to untie the knot without having to cut through it.
    Some classical scholars regard this as more plausible than the popular account."

    It is a metaphor for taking a new approach to a puzzle or "impossible" problem"

  3. How deep those the rabbit hole goes?

    Well, the Gordian knot is mythology and is related to the Labyrinth! In some other examples it is related to intestines and archetypal knots around the world and ancient history!

    Labyrinth (Ancient Greek: Λαβύρινθος labúrinthos) was an elaborate, confusing structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, the monster eventually killed by the hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it.

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