In this episode, Kirk and an away team go to another planet they find uninhabited except for a millennia-old man who claims to have been various figures in Earth's history, including Alexander the Great (and possibly Julius Caesar, I'm not sure).

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    You may find a Star Trek The Animated Series fan film "Ptolomy Wept" interesting as it is a sequel to this episode. youtu.be/7Q_Po_ZVO70 Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 3:36
  • This episode evolved into the independent film the man from earth, I believe. Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 16:04

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This is Requiem for Methuselah.

Here's Memory Alpha's brief synopsis of the episode:

While the Enterprise searches for the rare cure to a deadly disease, the landing party is confronted by a reclusive man who is willing to kill to preserve his privacy.

And here's the actual dialogue from the relevant scene:

MCCOY: Physically human but not human. These are earlier versions of Rayna, Jim. She's an android.

FLINT: Created here by my hand. Here, the centuries of loneliness were to end.

SPOCK: Your collection of Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces, Mister Flint, they appear to have been recently painted on contemporary canvas with contemporary materials. And on your piano, a waltz by Johannes Brahms, an unknown work in manuscript, written in modern ink. Yet absolutely authentic, as are your paintings.

FLINT: I am Brahms.

SPOCK: And da Vinci?


SPOCK: How many other names shall we call you?

FLINT: Solomon, Alexander, Lazarus, Methuselah, Merlin, Abramson. A hundred other names you do not know.

SPOCK: You were born?

FLINT: In that region of earth later called Mesopotamia, in the year 3834 BC, as the millennia are reckoned. I was Akharin, a soldier, a bully and a fool. I fell in battle, pierced to the heart and did not die.

MCCOY: Instant tissue regeneration coupled with some perfect form of biological renewal. You learned that you were immortal and

FLINT: And to conceal it. To live some portion of a life, to pretend to age and then move on before my nature was suspected.

SPOCK: Your wealth and your intellect are the product of centuries of acquisition. You knew the greatest minds in history.

FLINT: Galileo, Socrates, Moses. I have married a hundred times, Captain. Selected, loved, cherished. Caressed a smoothness, inhaled a brief fragrance. Then age, death, the taste of dust. Do you understand?

SPOCK: You wanted a perfect, ultimate woman, as brilliant, as immortal as yourself. Your mate for all time.

FLINT: Designed by my heart. I could not love her more.

Star Trek: The Original Series S03E21 "Requiem for Methuselah"

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    Worth noting that Captain Janeway on Voyager recalls that James T. Kirk claimed to have met Leonardo Da Vinci, but says the evidence was not conclusive. A holodecck simulation of him was a recurring character, and did not have the memories of Methuselah.
    – Davislor
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 16:41
  • @Davislor, the holodeck recreation would have been based on information known about Da Vinci, and would not include any revelations from Kirk's encounter with Flint, whose existence Kirk promised not to reveal.
    – RobJarvis
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 19:38
  • @RobJarvis Except that Janeway knew all about it.
    – Davislor
    Commented Aug 13, 2021 at 6:08
  • Two or three of the ST:TNG/DS9/VOY novels had a sequel of a type to "Requiem for Methuselah". Dr. Soong in an android body discovers that Flint has stolen his Juliana Soong (android), but cannot go after her.
    – jhpace1
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 21:02

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