Benito Mussolini aka "Il Duce", the main actor of the social and political movement of Italian Fascism, was obsessed with the idea of reviving the greatness of the Roman Empire. Mussolini was the founder of a secret police and built up an army of thuggish "Blackshirts" who used force to resolve political issues. His final goal was conquest of other countries which will eventually worship the greatness of the New Rome and its extraordinary leader. However, the history did not agree with the plans of the "emperor" who had a death rather prosaic. Close to the end of World War II, he was apprehended by communist guerrillas, executed, and hanged upside-down on a meat-hook to serve as a lesson for future emperors.
Weird enough, some of his descendants are now members of Italian Parliament, apparently sharing the views of their ancestor and defending his memory.