There's something about dictators which apparently makes them appeal to the past in order to justify their squalid present. In Rome's EUR district, Benito Mussolini created avenues of neoclassical office blocks and facades. It looks rather stylish, but the statement he was trying to make was that he was rebuilding Ancient Rome. He was another Caesar. Rome was back. It wasn't much of a revival. Within a couple of decades, Il Duce was hanging from a lamppost and the fascist state was over.