Their crimes against humanity are the stuff of legends
During the days of the mighty Roman Empire, a dictator was “a temporary magistrate with extraordinary powers, nominated by a consul on the recommendation of the Senate and confirmed by the Comitia Curiata (a popular assembly),” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Though their position was temporary, the men who rose to power through this position weren’t always so quick to give it up.
Some dictators from around the globe stayed in their position for as long as they said they should, so the definition of a “dictator” has changed to “one ruling in an absolute and often oppressive way,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The following men are regarded in the annals of history as absolute tyrants, bent on destroying human will for their own benefit or sick pleasure.
Not everyone that graces the pages of historical texts got there because they did great and kind things; some of them were absolutely terrifying and murderous.