Pirates roamed the Aegean when Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ruled over Greece. In 331 B.C. he ordered them to be cleared from the seas.

The great warrior king reputedly asked a captured pirate what reason he had for making the seas unsafe. The pirate replied: “The same reason you have for troubling the whole world. But since I do it in a small ship, I am called a pirate. Because you do it with a great fleet, you are called an emperor.”

From the (highly recommended) Alonnisos Museum, Patatiri, Alonnisos, Greece.