A Bad Poet

Periander was a great doctor in ancient Greece, known far and wide for his talent in medicine.  However, he also had literary aspirations, and to this end, wrote verses as well.  These verses could not match his medical ability, and were reviled.  His friend Archidamus wished him to be happy with one reputation and begged him to stop, asking him, “Why on earth do you wish to be known as a bad poet rather than as a great doctor?”


2 thoughts on “A Bad Poet

    • I think it was more, master of one trade, but wanted to be master of another that he honestly sucked at. Like when Michael Jordan went to baseball. Why would you rather be known as a sucky baseball player than an amazing basketball player?

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