Caligula was the Roman Emperor who allegedly launched a battle against the sea. Many historian had argued about the validity of the story but then the greater wonder is why any one will want to fight the ocean. While a lot of people have phobia of the the ocean also known as Thalassophobia, not many people have been so intimidated by the deep blue sea that they declared war on it but then not all of those people had the chance to be an Emperor of the mighty Rome, well that is not the case with Caligula, he’s got a beef with the ocean and he had the capacity to fight back, nothing was going to stop him not even Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, the war was not primarily about the Sea but about Neptune.
Upon every war he could have fought, he decided to try his hands on fighting the sea. When the ensuing water fight was “over,” Caligula claimed victory and had his soldiers collect shells as the spoils of the war, what a nice war victory. It was reportedly one of the many instances in which the emperor appeared to be losing his mind, and one of the episodes that convinced his bodyguards to band together to carry out his assassination.
About Gaius Caligula: He was Roman emperor from AD 37 to AD 41. The son of the popular Roman general Germanicus and Augustus’ granddaughter Agrippina the Elder, Caligula was born into the first ruling family of the Roman Empire, conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty and he was one of the craziest Emperor of Rome, arguably by far the craziest, the closest rival would be Nero.
Well if we all believe there could be a reason behind every madness then maybe he really had a severe phobia of the gods or of the sea, we never knew much about his reason for such a war but the best part is he had victory, which is the best satisfaction.