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Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis was an ancient Roman who, according to Livy, was Roman dictator in 498 or 496 BC,[1] when he conquered the Latins in the great Battle of Lake Regillus[2] and subsequently celebrated a triumph.[3] 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
Coin of Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis.png
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
In office
496 BC – 495 BC
Preceded byAulus Sempronius Atratinus, Marcus Minucius Augurinus
Succeeded byAppius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis, Publius Servilius Priscus Structus
Dictator of the Roman Republic
In office
496 BC – 496 BC
Preceded byTitus Lartius
Succeeded byManius Valerius Maximus
Personal details
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome

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.[4][5][6][7] 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.[8][9]

In 495 BC. Postumius was chosen at short notice by the Romans to lead the cavalry to victory against a Sabine invading force.[10]

He was, according to some genealogies, the father of Spurius Postumius Albus Regillensis and Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis.

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  1. ^ Joseph Anton F. Wilhelm Ihne (1871). The history of Rome. pp. 104ff.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Fasti Triumphales
  4. ^ Livy, Ab urbe condita, 2.19, 20, 21
  5. ^ Dionysius, 6.2ff
  6. ^ Valerius Maximus, i. 8. § 1
  7. ^ Cicero, De Natura Deorum ii. 2, iii. 5
  8. ^ Livy, 30.45
  9. ^ Niebuhr, Hist. of Rome, i. p. 556
  10. ^ Livy, 2.26

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Albinus (1)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 90.

Political offices
Preceded by
Aulus Sempronius Atratinus
and Marcus Minucius Augurinus
Consul of the Roman Republic
496 BC
with Titus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus
Succeeded by
Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis
and Publius Servilius Priscus Structus