Course Syllabus


Advanced Placement Latin


AP Latin offers students in their fourth or fifth ear of Latin study the opportunity to explore in depth Virgil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Following the syllabus that will enable participants to perform successfully on the AP examination, students read the required selections in Latin as well as prescribed section in English. Concentration is focused on the specific elements of Latin style, structure, and diction of each work as well as on the ways in which it expresses the writer’s outlook and intent. Students discuss and examine these works with respect to literary traditions, historical events, political forces, and cultural elements of the classical world, with particular emphasis on developments in the Roman world in first century BCE. All activities prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination.


Students translating of selections from Vergil’s Aeneid in Books 1, 2, 4, 6 as prescribed on the AP Syllabus, and selections from Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Galllico in Books 1, 4, 5, 6 as prescribed on the AP Syllabus.


Students use these texts in the course:


            Vergil’s Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6.Barbara Weiden Boyd, ed., (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.), 2012.


            Virgil Aeneid: Books 1-6.  R. D. Williams, ed., 1972, 1992.                        


            Caesar: Selections  from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico. Hans-Friedrich Mueller, ed.

            Caesar’s Commentaries: The Complete Gallic War.  Francis W. Kelsey, ed.                      (1897, 1918; revised 2011.)


            English readings as prescribed on A. P. Syllabus:

            The Aeneid: Virgil. Trans. Robert Fagles, 2006.

            Caesar: The Conquest of Gaul. Trans. S. A. Hanford; revised Jane F. Gardner (Penguin    Classics), 1951, 1982.


            General:  Kate Gillver, Caesar’s Gallic Wars: 58-50 B.C. (Essential Histories), Oxford,   2002.


In addition, students are provided with printed documents and pictorial represenations that supplement the readings of the course.


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