Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
, Chapter VII:
Twenty-two acknowledged concubines, and a library of sixty-two thousand
volumes, attested the variety of his inclinations; and from the
productions which he left behind him, it appears that both the one and
the other were designed for use rather than for ostentation.14
14 By each of his concubines, the younger Gordian left three or four children. His literary productions,
though less numerous, were by no means contemptible.