CORVUS, MARCUS VALERIUS (c. 37o-27o B.c.), Roman general. According to the legend a raven settled on his helmet during his combat with a gigantic Gaul, and distracted the enemy's attention by flying in his face. He was twice dictator and six times consul, and occupied the curule chair (see CURULE) 21 times. In his various campaigns he defeated successively the Gauls, the Volscians, the Samnites, the Etruscans and the Mar sians. His most important victory (343) was over the Samnites at Mount Gaurus.
See Livy vii. X. 2-11.