Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis
Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis was an ancient Roman who, according to Livy, was Roman dictator in 498 or 496 BC, when he conquered the Latins in the great Battle of Lake Regillus and subsequently celebrated a triumph. Many of the coins of the Postumii Albi commemorate this victory of their ancestor, as in the one pictured. Roman folklore related that Castor and Pollux were seen fighting in this battle on the side of the Romans, whence the dictator afterwards promised a temple to Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum.
Aulus Postumius Albus
Roman coin depicting the victory of Aulus Postumius. On one side the head of Diana is represented with the letters ROMA underneath, and on the reverse are three horsemen trampling a foot-soldier. This coin was minted by Aulus Postumius Albinus 96 BC.
|Consul of the Roman Republic|
496 BC – 495 BC
Serving with Titus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus
|Preceded by||Aulus Sempronius Atratinus, Marcus Minucius Augurinus|
|Succeeded by||Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis, Publius Servilius Priscus Structus|
|Dictator of the Roman Republic|
496 BC – 496 BC
|Preceded by||Titus Lartius|
|Succeeded by||Manius Valerius Maximus|
He was consul in 496 BC, in which year some of the annals, according to Livy, placed the battle of Lake Regillus; and it is to this year that Dionysius assigns it. The name "Regillensis" is usually supposed to have been derived from this battle; but Niebuhr thinks that it was taken from a place of residence, just as the Claudii bore the same name, and that the later annalists only spoke of Postumius as commander in consequence of the name. Livy states expressly, that Scipio Africanus was the first Roman who obtained a surname from his conquests.
- Joseph Anton F. Wilhelm Ihne (1871). The history of Rome. pp. 104ff.
- Smith, William (1867), "Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, p. 90
- Fasti Triumphales
- Livy, Ab urbe condita, 2.19, 20, 21
- Dionysius, 6.2ff
- Valerius Maximus, i. 8. § 1
- Cicero, De Natura Deorum ii. 2, iii. 5
- Livy, 30.45
- Niebuhr, Hist. of Rome, i. p. 556
- Livy, 2.26
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1870). "Albinus (1)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 90.
Aulus Sempronius Atratinus
and Marcus Minucius Augurinus
| Consul of the Roman Republic
with Titus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus
Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis
and Publius Servilius Priscus Structus