When the armies collided, Maximus quite easily conquered the foes opposed to him, but Decius was defeated.
The persecuting Emperor Decius is on the throne of the Roman world.
Decius makes himself holy for the sacrifice (as victim) by touching (as priest) the only part of his person which was exposed.
They are hated, why I know not; and I see Decius unjust only in this regard.
One of the most severe persecutions occurred under Emperor Decius.
"If they be too strong for us, we shall catch them," replied Decius.
Decius answered, "Thinkest thou then that thou wilt be redeemed by thy treasures from these torments?"
Decius followed, as he would have followed through the portals of Avernus.
Sergius' head-piece was gone, but he glanced at his own corselet and then at Decius.
"The time for discretion is past for Decius Magius," said the other, wearily.