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# Excavations of the Roman city of Sepphoris have uncovered

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Excavations of the Roman city of Sepphoris have uncovered numerous detailed mosaics depicting several readily identifiable animal species : a hare, a partridge, and various Mediterranean fish. Oddly, most of the species represented did not live in the Sepphoris region when these mosaics were created. Since identical motifs appear in mosaics found in other Roman cities, however, the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a. The Sepphoris mosaics are not composed exclusively of types of stones found naturaly in the Sepphoris area.
b. There is no single region to which all the species depicted in the Sepphoris mosaics are native.
c. No motifs appear in the Sepphoris mosaics that do not also appear in the mosaics of some other Roman city.
d. All of the animal figures in the Sepphoris mosaics are readily identifiable as representations of known species.
e. There was not a common repertory of mosaic designs with which artisans who lived in various parts of the Roman Empire were familiar.
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Hey guys, what do you think the answer would be?
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13 Feb 2009, 04:02
I think D is the answer. If it is correct I can explain it.
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IMO E.

conclusion: mosaics are created by travelling artisans

D says that all figures are identifiable. This is stated not assumed because stem says "depicting several readily identifiable animal species".
E says "no repertory": means that no scope for local artist to imitate those animals.
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13 Feb 2009, 07:33
I guess, you are correct.
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13 Feb 2009, 07:50
What do you think of B? I would say it is rather B then E.
The argument states : Oddly, most of the species represented did not live in the Sepphoris region when these mosaics were created. B here is perfect I think.
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Excavations of the Roman city of Sepphoris have uncovered numerous detailed mosaics depicting several readily identifiable animal species : a hare, a partridge, and various Mediterranean fish. Oddly, most of the species represented did not live in the Sepphoris region when these mosaics were created. Since identical motifs appear in mosaics found in other Roman cities, however, the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a. The Sepphoris mosaics are not composed exclusively of types of stones found naturaly in the Sepphoris area.
b. There is no single region to which all the species depicted in the Sepphoris mosaics are native.
c. No motifs appear in the Sepphoris mosaics that do not also appear in the mosaics of some other Roman city.
d. All of the animal figures in the Sepphoris mosaics are readily identifiable as representations of known species.
e. There was not a common repertory of mosaic designs with which artisans who lived in various parts of the Roman Empire were familiar.

Hey guys, what do you think the answer would be?
anyone who has an idea please share thoughts with full explanation.

Thanks.

Is this a MGMAT Q? Typically MGMAT uses such difficult words and makes it more complex. Jeez! Roman empire. Sepphoris, mosiac, motifs.. What the hell? B T W, I like MGMAT.

IMO E,

If there was a common repertory from where every thing was sourced and developed, it is possible that the designs were done by local artisans and not traveling artisans. Hence E is needed for the conclusion to stay.
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The conclusion of the above argument says "the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire."

Now, why would the argument say that 'traveling' artisans are responsible for these mosaics? Why not artisans who do not travel? This is obviously because, the motifs depicted are not based on creatures found in Sepphoris. However, this 'obvious' argument hides an underlying assumption; the artisans who do not travel, do not have a catalog of motifs that they could simply refer to for their work. This is the assumption behind the conclusion that 'traveling artisans' are responsible for the job.

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18 Oct 2011, 19:01
IMO, C.
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Excavations of the Roman city of Sepphoris have uncovered numerous detailed mosaics depicting several readily identifiable animal species : a hare, a partridge, and various Mediterranean fish. Oddly, most of the species represented did not live in the Sepphoris region when these mosaics were created. Since identical motifs appear in mosaics found in other Roman cities, however, the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a. The Sepphoris mosaics are not composed exclusively of types of stones found naturaly in the Sepphoris area.
b. There is no single region to which all the species depicted in the Sepphoris mosaics are native.
c. No motifs appear in the Sepphoris mosaics that do not also appear in the mosaics of some other Roman city.
d. All of the animal figures in the Sepphoris mosaics are readily identifiable as representations of known species.
e. There was not a common repertory of mosaic designs with which artisans who lived in various parts of the Roman Empire were familiar.

Hey guys, what do you think the answer would be?
anyone who has an idea please share thoughts with full explanation.

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X A - talks about stones, irrelevant
X B - again talks about the "specific" location of the species, irrelevant
X C - even if the motifs from Sepphoris appeared in other regions so what, point is why they are in Sepphoris - irrelevant
X D - all of the animals may or may not be identifiable, we know that at least some of the identified ones were not local
E - even if it states a new fact not included in the original statement, if this assumption were not true, then the "travelling" artisan conclusion would be negated.

E IMO

Thanks, good question.
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IMO, C.

It can not be C.

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Excavations of the Roman city of Sepphoris have uncovered numerous detailed mosaics depicting several readily identifiable animal species: a hare, a partridge, and various Mediterranean fish. Oddly, most of the species represented did not live in the Sepphoris region when these mosaics were created. Since identical motifs appear in mosaics found in other Roman cities, however, the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. The Sepphoris mosaics are not composed exclusively of types of stones found naturally in the Sepphoris area.
B. There is no single region to which all the species depicted in the Sepphoris mosaics native
C. No motifs appear in the Sepphoris mosaics that do not also appear in the mosaics of some other Roman city
D. All of the animal figures in the Sepphoris mosaics are readily identifiable as representation of known species
E. There was not a common repertory of mosaic designs with which artisans who lived in various parts of the Roman empire were familiar

can someone explain this question?
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17 Apr 2012, 03:39
Arg says that since animals were not present in Sepphoris but in other roman cities, mosaics were made by traveling artist from some other place.

E clearly describes the assumption that there was no common repository from where artists can get information of designs.

Please mention in case you want to discuss any particular option
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Excavations of the Roman city of Sepphoris have uncovered numerous detailed mosaics depicting several readily identifiable animal species: a hare, a partridge, and various Mediterranean fish. Oddly, most of the species represented did not live in the Sepphoris region when these mosaics were created. Since identical motifs appear in mosaics found in other Roman cities, however, the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. The Sepphoris mosaics are not composed exclusively of types of stones found naturally in the Sepphoris area.
B. There is no single region to which all the species depicted in the Sepphoris mosaics native
C. No motifs appear in the Sepphoris mosaics that do not also appear in the mosaics of some other Roman city
D. All of the animal figures in the Sepphoris mosaics are readily identifiable as representation of known species
E. There was not a common repertory of mosaic designs with which artisans who lived in various parts of the Roman empire were familiar

can someone explain this question?

Argument/Conclusion is given in the last sentence " however, the mosaics of Sepphoris were very likely created by traveling artisans from some other part of the Roman Empire"

To support this, we should say that artisans could not have imagined this, they should no repository to see the designs etc... Only E talks about this fact
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How does one refute option C??
If all motifs in Sepphoris also appear in some other city of the Roman empire, and most of the creatures found on these motifs were not even found in that region at that time, was it not possible that Sepphoris' locals had not created them, but by someone who came to Sepphoris.
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How does one refute option C??
If all motifs in Sepphoris also appear in some other city of the Roman empire, and most of the creatures found on these motifs were not even found in that region at that time, was it not possible that Sepphoris' locals had not created them, but by someone who came to Sepphoris.
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20 Jul 2012, 06:22
Let's Put it this way;

Travelling artisans made those mosaics because, if Rome had a common repertory of mosaic designs then, local (non-travelling ) artisan could have learnt those mosaics and made it in their local cities.

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13 Jul 2013, 05:33
Can someone provide a detailed analysis on this question! Thanks.
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