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Not infrequently such a vowel or diphthong is written short in the text, if the meter requires it. So two spellings of the same word may be found. E. g.

νέας” (A 487), “νῆας” (A 12). “ὑός” (A 489), “υἱός” (A 9). “Ἄρεος” (T 47), “Ἄρηος” (B 110). “ὠκέα” (B 786) for “ὠκεῖα. ἕαται” (3.134), “ἥατ᾽”(“αι”) (B 137). “Πηλέος” (16.203), “Πηλῆος” (I 147). “ὀλοῇς” (X 65), “ὀλοιῇσι” (A 342). “κέατ᾽”(“ο”) (24.610), “κείατο” (11.162).

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