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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Caligula, Chapter 46: Military affairs of Caligula (Cont.)
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Finally, as if he [Note 1] intended to bring the war to an end, he drew up a line of battle on the shore of the Ocean, arranging his ballistae and other artillery; and when no one knew or could imagine what he was going to do, he suddenly bade them gather shells and fill their helmets and the folds of their gowns, calling them spoils from the Ocean, due to the Capitol and Palatine. As a monument of his victory he erected a lofty tower, from which lights were to shine at night to guide the course of ships, as from the Pharos [the lighthouse at Alexandria]. Then, promising the soldiers a gratuity of a hundred denarii each, as if he had shown unprecedented liberality, he said, Go your way happy; go your way rich.

Note 1: he = Caligula

Event: Military affairs of Caligula