Definition of Decius

1. Noun. Emperor of Rome who was proclaimed emperor against his will; his reign was notable for his severe persecution of Christians (201-251).

Generic synonyms: Emperor Of Rome, Roman Emperor

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Literary usage of Decius

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1914)
"A gloomy silence prevailed, the effect of fear, and perhaps of disaffection, services, till at length decius, one of the assembly, assuming a spirit tory, ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Subse- in indirect ways, the churches by the quent Per- time of decius had ... The law, however, was never put into execution, and it is with decius that ..."

3. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... Casca, and decius are arguing down R, pointing in front of them to the sky. ... then decius, who stays R C. 3It is difficult to cut this speech, ..."

4. The Conflict of Christianity with Heathenism by Gerhard Uhlhorn (1879)
"FROM decius TO GALLIENUS. decius was the first to order a general persecution. His reason for so doing was certainly not a personal one, his antagonism to ..."

5. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"... anxiously waited for an opportunity to retrieve, by a great and decisive blow, his own glory, and that of the Roman arms.36 At the same time when decius ..."

6. The Roman History, from the Building of Rome to the Ruin of the Commonwealth by Nathaniel Hooke (1830)
"It OMK • The consuls Manlius and decius, before they drew 413. ' their troops out of the camp, offered sacrifices to the B- c- 339- gods. ..."

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