Cf. Od. 3.231 “ῥεῖα θεός γ᾽ ἐθέλων καὶ τηλόθεν ἄνδρα σαώσαι”, and for the opt. without “κεν”, H. G. § 299 f. ἐπεὶ ἦ πολὺ φέρτεροί εἰσιν recurs in Od. 22.289; in both places we must understand the comp. to mean ‘mightier than men.’ ἠέ περ οἵδε, sc. “εἰσίν”, an unusual construction instead of “τούσδε”. Compare, however, Xen. Cyr. v. 2. 28 “ἑνὸς δ᾽ ἀνδρὸς πολὺ δυνατωτέρου ἢ ἐγὼ υἱόν”. For the commoner assimilation of case see 1.260 “ἀρείοσιν ἠέ περ ὑμῖν”.
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