Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis (Consul 464 BC)

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Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis came from the Roman patrician family of the Postumier and was 464 BC. Chr. Consul .


According to the Fasti Capitolini's identity card , the father of Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis also used the prenomen Aulus , while his grandfather used the prenomen Publius . Since the Fasti Capitolini was given to the consul from 466 BC. Chr., Spurius Postumius Albus Regillensis , attach the same filiation, according to this source he was considered the brother of the Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis treated here and, like him, apparently the son of the consul of 496 BC. BC , who is said to have triumphed over the Latins at Lake Regillus . According to Plutarch , the two brothers had a daughter of Publius Valerius Poplicola for their mother.

484 BC According to the Roman historian Titus Livius, either Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis or his brother Spurius, as the Duumvir specially appointed for this purpose - for the first time in Roman history - consecrated the sanctuary praised by their father for Castor.

Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis reached the climax of his cursus honorum in 464 BC. When he rose to become consul with Spurius Furius Medullinus Fusus . In that year Rome waged a dangerous war against the Italian people of the Aequer , the course of which the two main sources, Livius and Dionysius of Halicarnassus , describe essentially identical. According to this, the consul Furius initially went out alone to fight the Aequer, but was defeated by them. His official colleague, Postumius, who remained in Rome, was given the authority to take all measures necessary for the defense of the fatherland on the basis of a senatus consultum ultimum . Although he still did not leave the capital, he organized the drafting of soldiers there, while Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus, in the position of proconsul, rushed to the aid of the oppressed Furius with a relief army. Apparently a practice practiced in the last century of the Roman Republic was projected back into the consulate of Postumius. According to the sources, troops of enemy soldiers who had penetrated Roman territory and plundered were defeated by Postumius. According to Livius, the Roman annalist Valerius Antias , whose historical work has not been preserved, gave very exact numbers of casualties in the Aequar War, which the latter did not consider to be very credible.

458 BC Postumius is said to be the ambassador together with the three-time consul Quintus Fabius Vibulanus and the consul of 461 BC. BC, Publius Volumnius Amintinus Gallus , to have gone to the general of the Aequer, Gracchus Cloelius , encamped on the Algidus , in order to demand from this account for a breach of peace committed by the Aequer . Cloelius, however, mockingly dismissed the three Roman delegates. This episode should be seen as a duplicate; similar embassies connected with the name of Fabius Vibulanus were also made for the years 466 and 465 BC. Chr. Reported.



  1. ^ Friedrich Münzer : Postumius 52 a). In: Paulys Realencyclopadie der classischen Antiquity Science (RE). Volume XXII, 1, Stuttgart 1953, Col. 932.
  2. Plutarch, Poplicola 22, 4.
  3. ^ Livy, Ab urbe condita 2, 42, 5.
  4. Fasti Capitolini ad annum 464 BC Chr .; Livy, Ab urbe condita 3, 4, 1; Dionysius of Halicarnassus , Antiquitates Romanae 9, 62, 1; Diodor , Bibliothéke historiké 11, 78, 1; among others
  5. Livy, Ab urbe condita 3, 4, 1-5, 13; Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Antiquitates Romanae 9, 62, 1 - 66, 4; on this Friedrich Münzer: Postumius 52 a). In: Paulys Realencyclopadie der classischen Antiquity Science (RE). Volume XXII, 1, Stuttgart 1953, Col. 933.
  6. Valerius Antias in Livius, Ab urbe condita 3, 5, 12f.
  7. ^ Livy, Ab urbe condita 3, 25, 6ff .; without giving the names of the ambassadors: Dionysios of Halicarnassus, Antiquitates Romanae 10, 22, 5ff. and Cassius Dio , Roman History , Fragment 23, 1.
  8. ^ Friedrich Münzer: Postumius 52 a). In: Paulys Realencyclopadie der classischen Antiquity Science (RE). Volume XXII, 1, Stuttgart 1953, Sp. 933 .; Postumius [I 15]. In: The New Pauly (DNP). Volume 10, Metzler, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-476-01480-0 , column 225.