ADAUCUS (ADAUCTUS) (St.) M. (Feb. 7) (4th cent.) By birth an Italian, and an Imperial favourite at the Court of the pitiless Diocletian, who sacrificed him on discovering his religion. He was executed in Phrygia (A.D. 304), and had a number of companions in his Martyrdom, some of M’hom were of senatorial or other high rank. Among them there were also manv women and children. Historians attribute the special barbarity of the tortures he endured rather to the savageness of Galerius, Diocletian’s colleague, than to the evil disposition of the old Emperor himself.