3. C. Aurelius
Cotta, was praetor urbanus, in B. C. 202, and consul in 200, with P. Sulpicius Galba.
He obtained Italy as his province, and with it the command in the war against the Boians, Insubrians and Cenomanians, who, under the command of Hamilcar, a Carthaginian, had invaded the Roman dominion.
The praetor, L. Furius Purpureo, however, had the merit of conquering the enemies; and Cotta, who was indignant at the laurels being snatched from him, occupied himself chiefly with plundering and ravaging the country of the enemy, and gained more booty than glory, while the praetor Furius was honoured with a triumph. (Liv. 30.26
; Zonar. 9.15
; Oros. 4.20