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292. When two qualities of an object are compared, both adjectives are in the Comparative:—
  1. longior quam lātior aciēs erat (Liv. 27.48) , the line was longer than it was broad (or, rather long than broad).
  2. vērior quam grātior (id. 22.38), more true than agreeable.

Note.--So also with adverbs: as, “libentius quam vērius (Mil. 78) , with more freedom than truth.

a. Where magis is used, both adjectives are in the positive:—

  1. disertus magis quam sapiēns (Att. 10.1.4) , eloquent rather than wise.
  2. clārī magis quam honestī (Iug. 8) , more renowned than honorable.

Note.--A comparative and a positive, or even two positives, are sometimes connected by quam . This use is rarer and less elegant than those before noticed:—

  1. clārīs mâiōribus quam vetustīs (Tac. Ann. 4.61) , of a family more famous than old.
  2. vehementius quam cautē (Tac. Agr. 4) , with more fury than good heed.

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    • J. B. Greenough, G. L. Kittredge, Select Orations of Cicero, Allen and Greenough's Edition., AG Cic. 78
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