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AP Latin

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Course Overview

This course is intended to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Latin exam. In this course, we shall be studying two great works of Latin Literature: Virgil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War and preparing to attempt unseen translations of other verse and prose authors. The course includes prescribed selections from each text in the original language, as well as wider reading of the work in translation. In addition to ensuring familiarity with the vocabulary and grammar used by each author and the ability to translate the Latin accurately, we shall be discussing the historical, social, literary and mythological context of the works and developing skills of literary analysis. Between these two texts, students may expect an excellent introduction to many aspects of the Classical world as well as a thorough grounding in the translation and appreciation of Latin verse and prose.


The AP examination requires a thorough familiarity with the selected text and a secure grasp of Latin vocabulary, morphology and syntax. Considerable independent study to support class learning will therefore be required. Weekly tasks will include: preparing for class translation of sections of the set texts and attempting past exam questions and mock exam questions, These will include questions designed to test all the key skills the examiners will be looking for and range from multiple choice questions to unseen translations and timed essays.

Course Skills and Prerequisites

Although there is no specific prerequisite qualification, it is recommended that students will have reached GCSE or equivalent level, or several years of high school study. This might be completion of Henle II or Cambridge 4. 

In the AP examination, students will be tested in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Latin vocabulary, morphology and syntax, including the ability to use correct grammatical terminology.
  • Ability to translate Latin, showing awareness of context and the differences between Latin and English usage.
  • Scansion of Latin dactylic hexameter.
  • Identification and analysis of linguistic and stylistic features in Latin texts.
  • Comprehension of Latin passages within their broader cultural context.
  • Appreciation of relevant historical, mythological, military and cultural background to the texts.
  • Ability to answer longer questions about the text with clear and analytical reference to the Latin to support an argument.

This AP is approved by the College Board.

Start On August 29, 2024
Duration 30 weeks
Level AP
Prerequisites YES
Day & Time Thursdays@
UK 3:15 PM
EST 10:15 AM
Price £560.00

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