Why was Publius Cimber important to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

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Publius Cimber, a senator, is important to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar largely because he functions as a decoy. He presents Caesar, on the occasions on which he appears, with an alternative political issue to consider, so that his mind will not stray to the idea of a conspiracy being fomented against him. Publius Cimber has been banished for reasons which are not clear in the text; it could be that he has, like his brother Ligarius, taken the side of Pompey during the...

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