Aulus Postumius Albinus (consul 99 BC)

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Fantasy portrait of Aulus Albinus from Guillaume Rouillé's Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum
This coin is supposed by Joseph Hilarius Eckhel and others to refer to this Albinus. One side is a woman's head with the letters "HISPAN", perhaps a reference to his ancestor L. Albinus. The other side has a man and an eagle, a military standard; behind him the fasces with the axe, and the letters "A. POST. ABIN" (instead of "ALBIN").[1]
For other persons with the cognomen "Albus" or "Albinus", see Albinus (cognomen).

Aulus Postumius Albinus was a politician of the Roman Republic, and consul in 99 BC with Marcus Antonius.[2][3] Aulus Gellius quotes the words of a senatus consultum passed in their consulship in consequence of the spears of Mars having moved.[4] Cicero mentions him as being a good orator.[5]

He was the grandson of Spurius Postumius Albinus Magnus, and probably son of Aulus Postumius Albinus.[6] He is probably the same man as the Aulus Postumius Albinus who was killed by his own men during the siege of Pompeii.[7] He was also the adoptive father of Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, one of Julius Caesar's assassins (from whom Decimus Brutus adopted the name of Albinus).

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  1. ^ Joseph Hilarius Eckhel, vol. v. p. 288
  2. ^ Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia viii. 7
  3. ^ Julius Obsequens, 106
  4. ^ Aulus Gellius, iv. 6
  5. ^ Cicero, Brutus 35, Post Reditum in Quirites 5
  6. ^ Smith, William (1867), "Aulus Postumius Albinus (22)", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, pp. 92–93
  7. ^ Broughton, T.R.S. (1952), Magistrates of the Roman Republic, 2, New York: American Philological Association, pp. 1, 37
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Valerius Flaccus,
and Gaius Marius
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Marcus Antonius
99 BC
Succeeded by
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Nepos,
and Titus Didius