Gordius , a legendary king of Phrygia, father of Midas. He was originally a peasant, but an eagle having alighted on his yoke of oxen while he was ploughing, and remained there till evening, this was taken as a presage of the future greatness of his house. To learn the meaning of the sign, he went to consult the soothsayers of Telmessus. A prophetess whom he met at the entrance of the place gave him the necessary information concerning the sacrifices, and afterward became his wife. When their son Midas had reached the age of manhood, the country was disturbed by civil dissensions, and an oracle declared that a car would bring the people a new king, and with him the end of their disturbances. While they were deliberating, Gordius with his wife and son unexpectedly appeared on a car in the assembly, and was hailed king. According to another tradition, Midas was elected king. The new ruler consecrated the yoke of his team to Zeus Ba-sileus in the acropolis of Gordium, and an oracle declared that whosoever should untie its artfully made knot would become master of Asia. Alexander is related to have cut it asunder with the sword on his march to Persia.