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Ablative of Comparison.
406. The Comparative degree is often followed by the
A tive1 signifying than: -
- Cató est Ciceróne
éloquentior, Cato is more eloquent than Cicero.
- quid nóbís
duóbus labóriósius est (Mu. 6), what
more burdened with toil than we two?
- vílius argentum est auró,
virtútibus aurum (Hor. Ep. i. 1.52), silver is
less precious than gold, gold than virtue.
a. The idiomatic ablatives opínióne, spé, solitó,
dictó, aequó, crédibilí, and
iústó are used after
comparatives instead of a clause: -
opínióne (Fam. xiv. 23), faster than one
- sérius spé
omnium (Liv. xxvi. 26), later than all hoped (than the hope of all).
- amnis solitó
citátior (id. xxiii. 19. 11), a stream swifter than
- gravius aequó (Sail. Cat. 61), more seriously than was right.