(Marcus Valerius Corvus)370–270 BC
|WARS WITH THE SAMNITES|
Valerius Corvus is best know for a single combat with a giant Gaul, in which he was aided in victory by
a crow, which flew in his opponent's face (hence the surname Corvus). He was a very long-serving Roman general,
who is reputed to have
lived for 100 years. During this time, he was six times consul, and dictator twice. His first consulship
was received the year after the battle with the Gaul, when he was only 22. During his career,
he battled Gauls, Volscians, Samnites, Etruscans, and Marsians.
Key events during the life of Corvus:
||Defeats a giant Gaul in single combat, aided by a crow.
||Consul, at age of 22.
||Consul again, defeats Volsci.
||Consul again, defeats Samnites at Mount Gaurus.
||Consul, defeats Cales.
||Consul, defeats Aequi, introduces law of appeal.
||Consul, defeats Etruscans.
||Consul who slew his son for a minor disobedience.
||Hero of the Battle of Sentinum, against the Gauls and Samnites.
||Built first auqeduct, public buildings, and "Appian Way", the great Roman road to Capua.