(Grade 12; Prerequisite: Latin IV; 4 periods/week; full year; 1 credit; Honors credit available for two projects, by department approval)
Poets as different as Tennyson and T. S. Eliot have hailed Vergil’s Aeneid as a landmark in the European literary tradition, and so it rightly forms the centerpiece of this senior level course. Students read the entire epic in English as well as Latin extracts that include the fall of Troy, the tragedy of Dido and Aeneas and the hero's descent to the underworld. Together with the readings in Caesar, covered in Latin IV, students hereby complete the curriculum for the AP exam in Latin.
As students of this program spend their early years not only learning the basics of Latin grammar but also following the life story of the poet Horace, this last year also brings them back to the poetic and philosophical delights of Horace’s verse. The readings include poems which complement the epic achievement of Vergil, focusing on Horace’s treatment of Homeric themes and Roman virtues.
If there is sufficient student interest, a second section is offered that reads Cicero’s brilliant, if scurrilous, speech in defense of Caelius. This syllabus gives students the rare opportunity to read an entire Ciceronian speech in which every legal and emotional card is played out to the fullest. Those interested in studying law at college, or simply manipulating an audience, are encouraged to sign up for this class.


Texts:    Vergil’s Æneid(A Song of War, edited by LaFleur & McKay [Prentice Hall]) and selections from Horace, edition to be decided
or
Cicero’s Pro Caelio (edition by Keitel & Crawford)