Mike Johnston wrote:
> 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
Since I do not know if you believe that the Roman kings existed really, that one Horatius
Cocles really defended a bridge against Porsenna's soldiers, that a crow really helped
Valerius Corvus, I cannot conform my answer in few lines. Anyway...
I do not believe that the Valerius Corvus mentioned by Titus Livius, VII,26 was an
historic person as well as I do not believe that was an historic person the Titus Manlius
Torquatus who, according to Titus Livius, VII,9-10, in a duel killed a Gaul "eximia
corporis magnitudine". I could concede that an epic or divine character named Valerius
Corvus was assimilated with one Marcus Valerius who really existed and was elected as
consul several times, but sincerely I doubt very much that this Marcus Valerius consul
(the first time he was named consul just by Titus Manlius Torquatus, he was 23 years
old), interrex and dictator several times since 343 to 299 (just when Titus Manlius died!)
But maybe I am too sceptic, since I do not believe that really existed even the persons
mentioned in the REIM RIGRAIDE.
> 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?
The eagle, being connected with other mythical functions, was not involved with oracle
gods as crows and woodpeckers were. The duel is between heroes having the attributes
of gods who rule fights and oracles. In origin the characters must have a specific function
related with the episode: they are not casually invented, but according to a
mythic-religious aim. Later historiographers like Titus Livius stuff their "history" with
something one may call "civic (that is moralistic) education" and with sociopolitical
thoughts ad usum delphini, making believe that they are pronounced by Valerius Corvus,
Titus Manlius, Cn. Marcius Coriolanus etc.
> Query: Same root as Vlad?