Many individuals came to Gordium to try to undo the knot, but they all failed. Then, according to tradition, the Greek conqueror Alexander the Great visited the city in 333 B.C. After searching unsuccessfully for a while for the hidden ends of the Gordian knot, Alexander became impatient. Then, in a sudden unexpected move gleaned from a flash of brilliance, he took out his sword and cut through the knot in a single bold stroke. Of course, Alexander then went on to conquer most of the known world, including Asia, thus fulfilling the oracle's prophecy.