Spurius Postumius Albinus (consul 110 BC)

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For other persons with the cognomen "Albus" or "Albinus", see Albinus (cognomen).

Spurius Postumius Albinus was a politician of ancient Rome, of patrician rank, of the 2nd century BC.[1] He was consul in 110 BC, and obtained the province of Numidia to carry on the war against Jugurtha. He made vigorous preparations for war, but when he reached the province he did not adopt any active measures, but allowed himself to be deceived by the artifices of Jugurtha, who constantly promised to surrender. Many persons supposed that his inactivity was intentional, and that Jugurtha had bought him over. When Albinus departed from Africa, he left his brother Aulus Postimius Albinus in command. After the defeat of the latter he returned to Numidia, but in consequence of the disorganized state of his army, he did not prosecute the war, and handed over the army in this condition, in the following year, to the consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus.[2][3][4] He was condemned by the Lex Mamilia, which was passed to punish all those who had been guilty of treasonable practices with Jugurtha.[5][6]

He was probably the son of Spurius Postumius Albinus Magnus.

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Preceded by
Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica Serapio and Lucius Calpurnius Bestia
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Marcus Minucius Rufus
110 BC
Succeeded by
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus and Marcus Iunius Silanus

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