2. M. Aurelius
Cotta, was plebian aedile in B. C. 216, and had in 212 the command of a detachment at Puteoli under the consul App. Claudius Pulcher. Nine years later, B. C. 203, he was appointed decemvir sacrorum,
in the place of M. Pomponius Matho.
The year after this he was sent as ambassador to Philip of Macedonia, and protected the Roman allies who had to suffer from the inroads of the Macedonians.
After the conclusion of the war against Carthage, he urged the necessity of proceeding with energy against Philip.
He died, in B. C. 201, as decemvir sacrorum,
in which office he was succeeded by M'. Acilius Glabrio. (Liv. 23.30