Advanced Latin Poetry (Latin IV and AP Latin)

B7 - Room 222

SALVETE! Our goal this year is to read, translate, and understand authentic Latin literature. We will seek to communicate with the ancient Romans in the only avenue left to us and that is through their language and literature which they have left behind. Sic itur ad astra!

The Course

This course will present selections from the Aeneid, an epic poem written by Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil), one of ancient Rome’s most famous and influential poets who flourished during the Golden Age of Latin Literature ushered in by the Pax Romana initiated by the ascension of Augustus as the first emperor of Rome.

Advanced Latin Poetry will review and build upon the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary covered in elementary and intermediate and introduce and apply more complex aspects of the Latin language and literature. Attention will also be given to the use of Latin vocabulary, phrases, and mottoes commonly used in English today as well as to English words derived from Latin, thus greatly increasing the understanding and use of English vocabulary. Since it is always important to learn a language in the context of the civilization it is used, study will also be made of Roman culture, ancient history and geography, and Greek and Roman mythology and their contribution to our own culture.

The curriculum for this course has been determined predominantly by The College Board -- the people who bring you all AP exams and the SATs. We will be translating and analyzing the following passages: Book 1: lines 1-209, 418-440, and 494-578; Book 2: lines 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, and 559-620; Book 4: lines 160-218, 259-361, and 659-705; and Book 6: lines 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, and 847-899. Besides having a familiarity with the entire story and content, required readings in English include the entirety of Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12. Emphasis will also be given to the study and understanding of figures of speech, scansion, literary criticism and the appreciation of Latin literature as a form of art. As time allows, selections from the poetry of Martial, Catullus, Ovid, and Horace will also be read, translated and discussed.

Nota Bene: This course will cover only half of the material required to take the AP Latin exam. Riverbend High School offers Advanced Latin Poetry and Advanced Latin Prose in alternating years, so those students who take both of these courses in their junior and seniors will be prepared for the AP exam. Review sessions for those who took Advanced Latin Prose last year will be announced.

This class will be offered in 2017-2018, 2019-2020, 2021-2022, etc.

Class Announcements

  • Students may want to purchase and use a Latin dictionary for this class, but it is not required.