Who is Popilius Lena in Julius Caesar?

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Popilius Lena, sometimes referred just as "Lena" is a Roman senator, but not one of the conspirators.

The only real moment of interest in the play for him is in Act III, Scene 1, when, just before the assassination, Popilius says to Cassius, ''I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive" (III.i.13). Cassius, terrified, thinks that the plot has been discovered; Shakespeare leaves it ambiguous as to whether it is the official "plea" made to Caesar, or Caesar's assassination, that Popilius is endorsing.

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