Who was the Roman Emperor, that made his Soldiers Collect shells from the beaches at Boulogne ?...?

Does anyone know who he was, What Roman Emperor, that made his Soldiers collect Shells from Boulogne beaches, (Todays france), and put them in their helmets, in about 40AD...

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It was the Emperor Caligula. He was going to launch an invasion of Britain but when he reached the chanel he got nervouse and battle shy. So instead he cancelled the crossing of the chanel, and ordered instead to colect sea shells from the beach. These were then paraded in a triumphal march in rome as trophies of his conquest of the sea!

    The emperor who came after Caligula was the Emperor Claudius who launch the invasion that led to the Roman conquest and colinisation of Britain in the year 43ad. 98 years after Julias Ceasar started his 2 short lived expeditions to the island in 55bc and 54bc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In 40, Caligula expanded the Roman Empire into Mauretania and made a significant attempt at expanding into Britannia. The later action was fully realized by his successors.

    Mauretania was a client kingdom of Rome ruled by Ptolemy of Mauretania. Caligula invited Ptolemy to Rome and then had him suddenly executed.[71] Mauretania was annexed by Caligula and divided into two provinces.[72] This annexation of Mauretania led to a rebellion of some magnitude that was put down under Claudius.[73] Details on these events are unclear. Cassius Dio had written an entire chapter on the annexation of Mauretania by Caligula, but it is now lost.[74]

    There also seemed to be a northern campaign to Britannia that was aborted.[74] This campaign is derided by ancient historians with accounts of Gauls dressed up as Germanic tribesmen at his triumph and Roman troops ordered to collect sea-shells as "spoils of the sea".[75] Due to the lack of sources, what precisely occurred and why is a matter of debate even among the primary sources for Caligula's reign. Modern historians have put forward numerous theories in an attempt to explain these actions. This trip to the English Channel could have merely been a training and scouting mission.[76] The mission may have been to accept the surrender of the British chieftain Adminius.[77] "Seashells", or conchae in Latin, may be a metaphor for something else such as female genitalia (perhaps the troops visited brothels) or boats (perhaps they captured several small British boats).[78]

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cicero had his soldiers collect seashells from the sea shore........try saying that with a mouth full of marbles really fast.....LOL

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