Decius, was the first of many ”Illyrian“ or ”Barracks“ emperors to come, originating from the modern day former Yugoslavia, especially Serbia. Decius was a distinguished senator who had served as a consul, governor and urban prefect of Rome. He was proclaimed emperor by troops fighting for him against a revolt on the Danube. Philip the Arab, marched against him and was defeated. An able ruler he died fighting the Goths at the Battle of Abritus.