Without looking this up, let's see if anyone knows the answer.
The Sacred Chickens of Rome
. ... When the chicken
watcher notified the Consul
that they were not eating, which constituted a bad omen, he replied, 'Since they do not want to eat, let them drink!' and had
them hurled into the sea. The naval battle which ensued saw the near annihilation of the Roman
then returned to Rome
in shame. He was impeached, stripped of his
Consulship and banished. Not because of the loss of the fleet, but because he dared to defy the Gods.
Who was this consul