AP Latin (05050590)

AP Latin (05050590)


1.0 Credit; Weighted
Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
Grade(s) 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Latin 3H/4H/5H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation

AP Latin offers the curriculum which adheres closely to the AP Latin Course Description and curriculum prescribed by the College Board. The students will read selections from the Aeneid, the famous Roman epic poem written by Vergil in the 1st century BC, and selections from Julius Caesar’s battle commentaries in ancient France, Germany and Britain, called The Gallic War. These texts will allow students to encounter some of the important people, events, and literary genres of Roman times, focusing on the famous periods of the late Republic and the early Principate. Vergil’s Aeneid, arguably the most influential work of Latin literature, is both a model of Latin poetic style and a profound meditation on the meaning of Roman history and civilization. Caesar’s Gallic War, for generations a standard school text, is rightly admired both for its pure and straightforward Latinity and for its historical interest, as it engages with controversial issues of war and peace, empire, ethnicity, leadership, and the roles and purposes of historiography. English readings from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War are also required elements of the course. Of course, the AP Latin curriculum demands highly motivated and conscientious students. Students who successfully complete the course are able to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose. Assessments will include homework, exams, sight translations, research projects, recitations, and analytical and interpretative essays.

The students will be prepared to take the AP Latin Examination in May.