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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 – 8 BCE), known in the English-

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 – 8 BCE), known in the English-speaking world as “Horace”, was contemporary of Virgil and the preeminent lyrical poet of the Augustan age; his poems were known as the “common currency of civilization” because they were so widely read and quoted, and over the past two millennia have had a much greater influence than any poet from ancient Rome.

(A) than any
(B) than any other
(C) as any other
(D) as those of any other
(E) than those of any other


One of the major areas tested on the GMAT SC is Logical Predication. For a discussion of this topic, as well as the OE of this particular question, see:
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The comparison is between the poems of Horace and those of any other poet. Since we are using ‘greater’, than is required. Obviously E
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A question about the Roman poet Horace (65-8 BCE).

Split #1: the idioms of comparison. One correct idiom is "as great as", for two things of the same size. Another correct idiom is "greater than", for two things of unequal size. Here, the word "greater" appears before the underlined section, so we must have "than", not "as" --- choices (C) & (D) make this mistake.

Split #2: individual vs. category. Horace was a Roman poet, so it is illogical to say he had greater influence "than any poet from ancient Rome" --- that would illogically imply that he had more influence than himself! Obviously, we want to compare Horace to the other ancient Roman poets, so we need the word "other." Choice (A) omits the word "other" and is therefore incorrect.

Split #3: the part of the sentence after the semi-colon begins with "his poems" as the subject ------ his poems …. "have had a much greater influence than" ______________. It is illogical to compare poems to poets, and choices (A) & (B) & (C) make this mistake. Choices (D) & (E) correctly have "those of any other poet": in that structure, the pronoun "those" stands for poems, so we are logically comparing poems to poems.

For all these reasons, (E) is the only possible answer.
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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 – 8 BCE), known in the English-speaking world as “Horace”, was contemporary of Virgil and the preeminent lyrical poet of the Augustan age; his poems were known as the “common currency of civilization” because they were so widely read and quoted, and over the past two millennia have had a much greater influence than any poet from ancient Rome.

(A) than any
(B) than any other
(C) as any other
(D) as those of any other
(E) than those of any other


One of the major areas tested on the GMAT SC is Logical Predication. For a discussion of this topic, as well as the OE of this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/logical-pr ... orrection/

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his poems were known as the “common currency of civilization” because they were so widely read and quoted, and over the past two millennia have had a much greater influence than any poet from ancient Rome.

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 – 8 BCE), known in the English-speaking world as “Horace”, was contemporary of Virgil and the preeminent lyrical poet of the Augustan age; his poems were known as the “common currency of civilization” because they were so widely read and quoted, and over the past two millennia have had a much greater influence than any poet from ancient Rome.

(A) than any - what?
(B) than any other – refet to POEMS (PLURAL)
(C) as any other – worng
(D) as those of any other - wrong
(E) than those of any other – we need THOSE due to POEMS is plural
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