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This course lets students confront continuous Latin writings in their original form — extensive prose passages from Caesar’s stirring (and sometimes disturbing) De Bello Gallico and the unsurpassed poetry of Vergil’s Aeneid. We deal with the technical issues of the Latin language, but also with its subtler nuances and the literary features of both works, taken together with their cultural and political contexts. We begin with fairly moderate readings; as students improve in fluency and stamina, they work up to reading about 120 lines of Vergil a week.
The course follows the College Board’s 2012 revised curriculum for AP Latin (Caesar and Vergil). It cannot be called AP Latin, since I am not seeking official approval from the College Board, but our students routinely go on to take the exam and to do well in it. Taking the AP Exam is not required but a student who completes the course successfully should be well prepared for it.
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
Bi-weekly translation assignments, regular vocabulary quizzes, and readings from secondary interpretive literature. The amount of time required will vary, but students should generally count on spending an hour to an hour and a half outside class each day.
Latin III or equivalent. Serious preparation in Latin prose and history. Students not entering through Latin III should contact the instructor: the course begins at an easy pace, but accelerates continuously throughout the year.
Western Literature to Dante is highly recommended, but by no means required; familiarity with the Homeric epics is recommended as well, but the material will be covered.
Students in the past have routinely scored well on the Latin AP Exam, but the AP Exam is not required.
Textbooks and Materials
Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico Hans-Friedrich Mueller, G. Julius Caesar
This text is required. ISBN: 0865167524 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: Prices on this have fluctuated severely over the last few years. It should be around $45. If it goes skyrocketing from there, let me know via email and we'll come up with some alternative solution. If Amazon is tweaking the prices unreasonably, check into the option directly from the publisher here: http://www.bolchazy.com/Caesar-Selections-from-his-Commentarii-De-Bello-Gallico-P3161.aspx
Syntactical Mechanics (Edition: 1) Bruce A. McMenomy
This text is required. ISBN: 0806144947 Publisher's website: Syntactical Mechanics Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: This book is also required for Latin III, so continuing students will already have a copy.
The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works: Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, and Spanish War (Edition: 1) C. Julius Caesar, Kurt A. Raaflalaub (ed.), Robert B. Strassler (series editor)
This text is required. ISBN: 0307377865 Publisher's website: The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works: Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, and Spanish War Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: This is a magnificent book and a bargain for what it contains. If it's prohibitive, please let me know. I would permit another translation of Caesar's text, but this edition supplies a great deal of supporting information that will make the shape of Caesar's campaigns vastly more accessible. In either case I will be assigning readings from the accompanying web document (which is available freely to all) — which contains about 325 pages of material that wouldn't fit into the book itself.
Vergil's Aeneid: Expanded Collection P. Vergilius Maro, Barbara W. Boyd
This text is required. ISBN: 0865167893 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: This OR the other Aeneid edition is required. I've listed this one as required because it's less expensive and more comprehensive. Do not feel obliged to buy this one, however, if you've already acquired the other.
Why Vergil?: A Collection of Interpretations Stephanie Quinn
This text is required. ISBN: 0865164185 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore