Villains of History – Septimius Severus and his son Caracalla
The past century provides us with three of the greatest villains of all time based on the number of human beings killed. Mao, Stalin, and Hitler used modern technology to murder millions and protect their positions of power. Hitler was probably the oddest case as he used racial purification to justify murder using a corruption of the theory of Eugenics. It is estimated that Mao is responsible for 40-70 million deaths, Stalin 50 million, and Hitler 12 million.
The Roman Empire had its share of villains also. We have seen psychotics like Caligula, Nero, Domitian, and Commodus, sprinkled throughout its history, but with Septimius Severus and his son we reach a new definition of evil and villainy. Here are the father and son.