In cunlliffe's lexicon, in the entry u(pe/r it says [in form comp. fr. u(po/]
Does this really mean that the one is (or was) a comparative form of the other?
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NOUSON could not appear so often in poetry and in such a variety of circumstances that we could imagine a traditional device by which it and the epithet modifying it could be placed in the line in the position in which we see them here; nor can we suppose that the essential idea 'he sent a plague throughout the ...
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