Friday, June 12, 2020
A Man of Varied Interests
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter VII:Newer› ‹Older
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.