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Decius

[dee-shuh s, desh-uh s] /ˈdi ʃəs, ˈdɛʃ əs/
noun
1.
(Gaius Messius Quintus Trajanus Decius) a.d. c201–251, emperor of Rome 249–251.
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  • "If they be too strong for us, we shall catch them," replied Decius.

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  • Only Decius continued to pound along, with his horse's nose at his tribune's elbow.

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  • Sergius' head-piece was gone, but he glanced at his own corselet and then at Decius.

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  • Decius followed, as he would have followed through the portals of Avernus.

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  • Decius had sought to aid him, but the other thrust him rudely back.

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  • "The time for discretion is past for Decius Magius," said the other, wearily.

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  • Suddenly he became conscious that Decius and his guards were gone.

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  • Then Decius sacrificed the white ox to Mars, and gave the other oxen to his soldiers.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • Then said Decius, "It is well if the offering of my colleague has been accepted."

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  • The persecuting Emperor Decius is on the throne of the Roman world.

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