Thursday, June 23, 2011

Edward Gibbon

Twenty-two acknowledged concubines, and a library of 62,000 volumes, attested the variety of his inclinations, and from the [quantity of children and writings] which he left behind him, it appears that the former as well as the latter were designed for use rather than ostentation.
From his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  Gibbon was writing about Gordian II, the Roman emperor for one month in the year 238, which is known as "The Year of Six Emperors."   

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