# Classicists' Favorite Epic Poets: Survey Results

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• thaneshsan
In summary: I appreciate your reply.In summary, a survey was conducted to identify favorite epic poets among classicists. The results showed that 62 appreciate Homer, 40 appreciate Virgil, 5 appreciate Gomer, 2 appreciate all three poets, 3 appreciate only Virgil and Gomer, 20 appreciate only Homer and Virgil, 42 appreciate only Homer, and 12 do not appreciate any of the three epic poets. From this, we can conclude that 82 were surveyed, 4 do not appreciate Gomer, and 15 appreciate either Homer or Gomer. Additionally, 82 appreciate exactly one of the three epic poets.
thaneshsan
A number of classicists were asked to identify their favorite epic poets. The results are
summarized below. 62 appreciate Homer, 40 appreciate Virgil, 5 appreciate Gomer, 2
appreciate Homer and Virgil and Gomer, 3 appreciate Virgil and Gomer, 20 appreciate
Homer and Virgil, 42 appreciate Homer and neither of the other two, 12 appreciate none
of these three epic poets .
a) How many were surveyed?
b) How many don’t appreciate Gomer?
c) How many appreciate Homer or Gomer?
d) How many appreciate exactly one of the three epic poets?

Hi thaneshsan, welcome to MHB!

What have you tried so far? As your title suggests, a Venn diagram can be useful for these sorts of questions.

Start by drawing three overlapping circles and label them "H", for Homer, "V" for Virgil, and "G" for Gomer (never heard of him!). That should make 7 different areas- one that is inside "H" only, one inside "V" only, one inside "G" only, one where only "H" and "V" overlap, one where only "H" and "G" overlap, one where only "G" and "V" overlap, and one where all three overlap.

You are told "12 appreciate none of these three epic poets". So write the number "12" outside all three circles.

You are told "2 appreciate Homer and Virgil and Gomer" so write "2" in that little area where all three circles overlap.

You are told "3 appreciate Virgil and Gomer" but that includes the 2 who appreciate all three so write 3- 2= "1" in the area where only "V" and "G" overlap.

Continue in that way to separate out those that are included in more than one statement.

Thank you Mr.Joppy and Country Boy. I figured the answer for this question.

## 1. Who were the top epic poets chosen by classicists in the survey?

The top epic poets chosen by classicists in the survey were Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. These three poets are widely regarded as the most influential and important epic poets in Western literature.

## 2. What criteria were used to determine the favorite epic poets in the survey?

The criteria used to determine the favorite epic poets in the survey included the poets' impact on literature, their enduring popularity, and their contribution to the epic genre.

## 3. Did any lesser-known epic poets make the list of favorites?

No, the list of favorite epic poets in the survey was dominated by well-known and highly influential poets such as Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. However, some classicists may have personal favorites among lesser-known epic poets.

## 4. Were there any significant differences in the favorite epic poets among different groups of classicists?

Yes, there were some differences in the favorite epic poets among classicists from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. For example, ancient Greek classicists may have a higher preference for Homer, while Roman classicists may favor Virgil.

## 5. How do the favorite epic poets chosen by classicists in this survey compare to overall popular opinion?

Overall, the favorite epic poets chosen by classicists in this survey align with popular opinion and the most widely studied and admired epic poets in literature. However, personal preferences and interpretations may vary among individuals.

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