A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

one of Antony's most intimate friends and boon companions, although Cicero says that Antony had him whipped on two occasions, during a banquet, by public slaves. He was probably aedile in B. C. 44, as he is called in the following year a man of aedilician rank. When Antony was besieging Mutina, in B. C. 43, he sent Cotyla to Rome, to propose terms of peace to the senate; and when after his defeat at Mutina he had collected another army in Gaul, and recrossed the Alps later in the year, he entrusted Cotyla with the command of the legions, which he left behind in Gaul. (Cic. Philipp. 5.2, 8.8, 10, 11, 13.12; Plut. Ant. 18, who calls him Cotylo.)