Decius at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Roman emperor (249-251). Of uncertain origins, he served as senator, consul, and provincial military commander before taking the throne from Philip the Arabian. He resisted the Gothic invasion of Moesia, and instituted the first organized persecution of Christians throughout the empire (250), which only served to strengthen the Christian cause. He ended the persecutions in 251, shortly before he was defeated and killed by the Goths.
Decius at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:
n : Emperor of Rome who was proclaimed emperor against his will;
his reign was notable for his severe persecution of