Upon a time when the Thracians were engaged in
a war against the Athenians, the oracle promised them
victory if they would but save the life of Codrus. Codrus
upon this puts himself in a coarse disguise, and away he
goes into the enemies' camp with a scythe in his hand,
where he killed one, and another killed him, so that the
Athenians got the better on't.—Socrates, in his Second
Book of his Thracian History.
Publius Decius, a Roman, at a time when they were in
war with the Albans, had a dream that his death would
bring a great advantage to the Romans; upon which consideration he charged into the middle of his enemies, where
he killed many, and was slain himself: his son Decius did
the like in the Gallic war, for the conservation of the
Roman State.—Aristides Milesius is my author.