Whats the difference between an emperor and a dictator?

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  • Whats the difference between an emperor and a dictator?


Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 16:45
a king or emperor has a dic
Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 17:30
Emperors and kings can be ceremonial without any true power. A dictator controls all the power
Answer #3 | 22/12 2013 16:48
A dictator forced his way to power, and history has claimed them to be generally evil. An Emperor or King has a royal bloodline, and can be either evil or good.
Answer #4 | 22/12 2013 17:34
It depends what you mean by the word dictator. In Roman times a dictator was someone appointed by the Senate in times of emergency. He was given extraordinary powers to deal with the crisis (usually an invasion) and was expected to return them after it was over. In ancient Rome it was (originally) an extremely high honour to be made a dictator because it said that 1) you were unusually competent, and 2) that you could be trusted to hand the power back. Cincinnatus is the archetype of the virtuous dictator. An emperor had similar powers to a dictator but the position became hereditary and permanent. People weren't being given the position because it was necessary or because they were worthy of it.
Answer #5 | 22/12 2013 17:39
Hereditary rule usually. A dictator is often a one off, whereas a Monarchy, like the Bushes and Korea's Kims, is father to son.
Answer #6 | 23/12 2013 03:39
Basically the difference is this: A dictator is a supreme ruler over one country, but an emperor rules not a single country but an Empire or more than one formerly independent country. It's not necessary to have so called "royal blood" to be an emperor; some Roman emperors and Napoleon were of rather lowly origins. Kingship, though, is in principle a hereditary thing, except in the founder of the so called "royal line."
Answer #7 | 23/12 2013 01:12
Anyone can be an emperor. But it requires chutzpah to be a dictator.

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