POST0609 L. Postumius (55) L. f. Sp. n. Megellus


  • Patrician


father of
? L. Postumius (56) L. f. L. n. Megellus (cos. 262) (Brennan 2000)
grandfather of
? L. Postumius (56) L. f. L. n. Megellus (cos. 262) (DPRR Team)


  • Aedilis Curulis? 307 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Built an Aedes Victoriae from fines levied while Aedile (Liv. 10.33.9). Seidel (13) suggests a date before his first consulship. See Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Consul 305 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • The name of Postumius Megellus is preserved entire in Act. Tr. for 294. In the case of Minucius, Diod. and Fast. Cap. agree upon the praenomen Ti., but Livy and Cassiod. have T. (Broughton MRR I)
    • Liv. 9.44.2; Diod. 20.81.1; Fast. Cap. ([- -] Megellus; Ti. Mi[nucius- -]); Chr. 354 (Megello et Augurino); Fast. Hyd. (Metello et Minucio), so also Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; Degrassi 38f., 111, 422f. According to Livy's main source, both Consuls defeated the Samnites, captured Bovianum, and celebrated triumphs, but other authors, he says, relate that Minucius died of wounds (Liv. 9.44.5-15). These were evidently followed by Fast. Cap., nor are the triumphs listed in Act. Tr. (see Degrassi 542f.). Diod. mentions no Consul Suffectus, but tells the reduction of the Paeligni, the defeat of Samnites in the Ager Falernus, the death of Gellius, the Samnite leader, and the recapture of Sora, Arpinum and Cesennia (20.90.3-4). On Postumius, see Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Triumphator? 305 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Triumph? de Samnitibus. MRR I.166 (with query). Not listed in Itgenshorst or Rich. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Propraetor 295 Umbria (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Pro praetore (Liv. 10.26.15). Also drew Etruscan forces from Sentinum by threatening Clusium (Liv. 10.27.5-6). See Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Triumphator 294 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph de Samnitibus et Etrusceis. MRR I.179, Itgenshorst no. 93, Rich no. 93. (Rich 2014)
  • Consul 294 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 10.32.1, and 39.1; Fast. Cap. ([- - - -S]p. n. Megellu[s II]; [- - - -Regu]lus); Act. Tr. (names entire); Chr. 354; Fast. Hyd.; Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; Degrassi 38f., 112, 426f. According to Livy's main source Regulus served first in Samnium and Apulia with ill success, which changed to victory when he vowed a temple to Jupiter Stator and was followed by another victory at Interamna, but was refused a triumph (10.32-33, and 35-36; Frontin. Str. 2.8.11; 4.1.29); he was then relieved by Postumius who captured Milionia and other towns, then in Etruria took Rusella and made Volsinii, Perusia and Arretium sue for peace, and celebrated an unauthorized triumph (Liv. 10.32-34, and 37.1-12; Zon. 8.1). Claudius attributed successes in Etruria to Regulus, while Fabius described operations by both Consuls in Apulia and Samnium, Etruria, and the vowing of a temple to Jupiter Stator (Liv. 10.37.13-16). According to Act. Tr., Regulus triumphed over Volsones and Samnites, and Postumius over Samnites and Etruscans; Degrassi 72f., 544. On Postumius, see Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant) 293 Samnium, Etruria (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Avoided prosecution by being appointed Legate of Carvilius (Liv. 10.46.16). See Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Triumphator 291 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph de Samnitibus et Apuleis. MRR I.182, Itgenshorst no. 98, Rich no. 98. (Rich 2014)
  • Consul 291 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • On Postumius' name, see Act. Tr. on 294, on that of Iunius, Fast. Cap. and Act. Tr., both for 277. According to Degrassi (544) the lacuna in Act. Tr. provides space enough for the record of Postumius' second triumph, which Mommsen denied (RF 1.214) and Beloch considered uncertain (RG 450). (Broughton MRR I)
    • Liv. 27.6.8; Chr. 354 (Megello III et Bruto); Fast. Hyd. (Metello II et Vulbo), so also Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; Degrassi 112, 426f. Postumius held command against the Samnites, took Cominium and Venusia, celebrated a triumph, and on leaving office was condemned for using military labor on his own estate (Liv. Per. 11; Dion. Hal. 17-18.4-5; Dio fr. 36.32). A colony was settled at Venusia (Dion. Hal. 17-18.5; Vell. 1.14.6). On Postumius, see Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Interrex 291 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Presided over his own election (Liv. 27.6.8). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Legatus (Ambassador) 282 Apulia (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Despatched to Tarentum to demand restitution for the Thurines and the Romans and surrender of the guilty parties, but was insulted by{190} the Tarentines (Dion. Hal. 19.5, cf. 6.3; App. Samn. 7.2; Dio fr. 39.6-8, and Zon. 8.2; cf. Polyb. 1.6.5; Liv. Per. 12; Val. Max. 2.2.5; Flor. 1.13.3-5; Eutrop. 2.11; Oros. 4.1.2-3). See Lübker no. 22. (Broughton MRR I)