Aulus Postumius Albinus (Consul 242 BC)

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Aulus Postumius Albinus († before 218 BC) belonged to the patrician dynasty of the Postumier and was 242 BC. Chr. Consul and 234 BC Chr. Censor .


According to the filiation information of the Fasti Capitolini , Aulus Postumius Albinus had a father of the same name, while his grandfather carried the prenomen Lucius . 242 BC BC, so towards the end of the First Punic War , he reached the consulate, where he had Gaius Lutatius Catulus as an official colleague. The fact that Postumius also Flamen Martialis was who took Pontifex Maximus Lucius Caecilius Metellus as an excuse to deny him the desire, the second consul Lutatius to Sicily to join to work together with this the approaching decisive battle against Carthage fight out. The supreme pontiff argued that it was the duty of the Flemish to remain in Rome in order to properly carry out his sacred duties , and he succeeded by threat of punishment that Postumius had to let his fellow consul go alone. The deeper reason for this procedure lay in the fact that the class struggles were not completely over at that time; The plebeian chief pontifex enabled the consul Lutatius, who belonged to the same class, to successfully complete the First Punic War by winning the Battle of the Aegatic Islands, to pocket the sole military laurels for it and to establish the fame of his family. Using the same method, the supreme pontiffs Publius Licinius Crassus Dives (189 BC) and Publius Licinius Crassus Dives Mucianus (131 BC ) were later to prevent high patrician magistrates, who also held the office of Flemish, from entering the capital left.

Due to further party struggles, Postumius is likely to not be until 234 BC. To have become a censor. The comitia responsible for this decision had been held by the consul of the previous year, Gaius Atilius Bulbus , who also became Postumius 'co-censor and Postumius' son Lucius Postumius Albinus as patrician consul from 234 BC. Was chosen. Postumius most likely died before 218 BC. As this year marks the beginning of the fully preserved third decade of the Roman historian Titus Livius , in which Postumius' death is not mentioned, while Livius usually records the years of death of all holders of flaminates.



  1. Fasti Capitolini ad annum 242 and 234 BC Chr .: Aulus Postumius A. f. L. n. Albinus .
  2. Fasti Capitolini ; Titus Livius , periochae 19; 23, 13, 3f .; 37, 51, 1f .; among others
  3. ^ Livius, periochae 19; 23, 13, 3f .; 37, 51, 1f .; Valerius Maximus 1, 1, 2; Tacitus , Annalen 3, 71, cf. 3, 58.
  4. a b Friedrich Münzer : Postumius 30). In: Paulys Realencyclopadie der classischen Antiquity Science (RE). Volume XXII, 1, Stuttgart 1953, Col. 902.
  5. Fasti Capitolini ad annum 234 BC Chr.