This course provides a full reading experience for students who want to pursue a fourth
year of Latin but are not following the Advanced Placement Latin IV syllabus. Students engage in an
intensive survey of the adapted and updated Latin readings including the poetry of Ovid, Catullus, and Horace, with attention to grammar, meter, literary devices, and each author’s style. In addition, students explore thematic connections within each author’s works and draw connections among the different
authors and to the modern world.
In general, the course continues to address the history and culture of the late republican period and also addresses imperial Rome under the reign of Augustus Caesar. In the final quarter, students complete a final translation project that may include an exploration of the works of Virgil and Caesar. All students
take the National Latin Exam in the spring as a means of measuring their progress against
national standards and diverse programs across the country.
This course follows the syllabus of the AP Latin course as outlined by the College Board.
Students read and interpret the commentaries of Caesar and Virgil's Aeneid in the
original language, paying particular attention to literal translation, literary devices,
metrical features, and themes concerning Roman identity and leadership. The course may also addresses the political, social, and cultural background of the late Republic and early Roman Empire, the historical era in which these authors composed their works. Most students enter this course after successful completion of the Latin III Honors.
All students take the National Latin Exam in the spring as a means of measuring their progress
against national standards and diverse programs across the country.
Membership in the CA JCL and the NJCL are highly encouraged.