I’ve been looking at the Strategems of Polyaenus. These exist in eight books, dedicated to Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. In book 8 I find the following:
30. After Caesar had seen all his enemies subdued, he empowered every one of his soldiers to save the life of any Roman he pleased. By this act of beneficence and humanity he ingratiated himself with his soldiers, and restored her exiled citizens to Rome.
31. The statues of Pompey and Sulla, which had been demolished by their enemies, Caesar ordered to be replaced: an act of moderation which gained him much esteem.
These strategems reflect well the mind of C. Julius Caesar, who knew how to bind men to him. Cicero records such political mildness, together with the ruthlessness that lay underneath it.
The translation that I found dates from 1793. Is it really the case that no translation has been made since?
Mind you… I have yet to discover any edition of the Tactica of Aelian from later than 1855! There must be one … mustn’t there?