> Certainly Valerius Corvus is a
> fruit of fiction as well as all the characters of the first
> centuries of the Roman "history" (which is full of mythology, on
> my mind, until the wars against the Gauls of the fourth century
> B. C. at least).
Are you saying that VC was not an historic person? The reason I
ask, I had always thought him to be. (I know Tacitus makes
reference [by way of comparison] to the number of consulships he
> The oracle was usually
> sent to the prayers by means of a picus "woodpecker" (which is
> also another name of the same ancient god), who used to stay on
> the top of a wood pole. Therefore, later, Picus ('peritissimus
> auguriorum' and 'praeclarus belligerator' according to Varro) was
> represented as a young, holding a woodpecker on the head. In the
> tale on Valerius Corvus the Latin annalists changed the picus
> "woodpecker" with a corvus "crow", that was the "victory factor"
> of the Gaulish gods and their devoted warriors.
I would think that if Roman annalists were to change a story
involving a bird besetting an enemy of Rome, they would have
changed it to an eagle... are we sure it is the same story?
> I would not exclude that the Gaulish
> chief (the hero of the tale) facing Valerius was really (in the
> legend) called *Valatio (or similar: > Vlaith).
Query: Same root as Vlad?