He was voracious when it came to wine and food, sometimes to the point of drunkenness, but only in the evening hours. Though he would eat a very small breakfast, even in private, he would be very extravagant at dinner. He would bring intellectuals to his feasting, as though he would be more moderate by necessity when talking about liberal studies.
vini cibique avidissimus, nonnumquam usque ad ebrietatem, sed vespertinis horis. nam si prandisset vel privatim parcissimus, in cena effusissimus. adhibuit convivio litteratos, ut loquens de studiis liberalibus necessario abstemius.
—Historia Augusta, Macrinus 13.4–5