There is an often quoted fact that Roman Emperor Caligula once went to war with Poseidon, ordering his troops to throw spears into the sea. While crazy Roman Emperors appear not to be that rare, Caligula has gone down, along with Nero, as one of the most nutty among them. As if he had lost his brain. So what makes us, Unreal Facts, say that Caligula didn’t go to war with Poseidon when so many references say he did?
Firstly, and most obviously, Poseidon was a Greek god, not a Roman one. While Poseidon and Neptune were both gods of the sea, and for all intents and purposes the same, their names are somewhat different. Most people would have noticed this irregularity immediately. But we understand that there can be little in a name, and many will say we are just nitpicking. So lets delve a little further into this myth.
There’s no doubt Caligula was as mad as a hatter, but how mad would Caligula have to be to go to war with Poseidon? By all accounts he may have been crazy enough, after all his own body guards assassinated him due to his deranged demeanor. This was a man who apparently cross dressed in public, impregnated his own sister and declared himself a god. But as mad as all of that sounds, Caligula didn’t go to war with Poseidon. He did however do something with his army that would be described a weird, if it was true that is.