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24355 AP Latin

Field of Study

This college-level course prepares students to take the AP Latin examination. Students develop the ability to read, translate, understand, analyze and interpret Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Additionally, students explore the historical, social, cultural, and political context of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War and examine sight passages from other Roman authors.

Material Covered

Students read and translate all required portions of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War (see below) in the five Vergil and four Caesar Modules. Additionally students read each text in its entirety in English in seven “mini-modules” and examine sight passages of prose and poetry from a variety of Latin authors. An AP Review model offers practice and preparation for the AP exam while the Ultima Thule module provides students with an assortment of Latin authors to explore after the AP exam. A final Review Module prepares students for the final course exam.

      • Vergil, Aeneid
      • Book 1: Lines 1-209, 418-440, 494-578
      • Book 2: Lines 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, 559-620
      • Book 4: Lines 160-218, 259-361, 659-705
      • Book 6: Lines 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, 847-899


      • Caesar, Gallic War
      • Book 1: Chapters 1-7
      • Book 4: Chapters 24-35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36 (Eodem die legati . . . venerunt.)
      • Book 5: Chapters 24-48
      • Book 6: Chapters 13-20

Student Expectations

Students should be prepared for an extensive amount of translation in this course, ranging from 150-250 lines of Latin per week. Students will also complete a variety of other assessments including self-checks, multiple choice and short answer questions, English writing assignments, project based learning assignments, research papers/projects, essays, oral assessments and discussions. Students should plan on 8-12 hours per week of work outside of the regular school day. All students must complete a final exam at the end of the course.

Note: Vacation weeks like Spring Break may not necessarily correspond to the individual student’s school calendar, and students need to plan accordingly to keep up with course deadlines.

Related Requirements

At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement® Latin Exam and are expected, but not required to do so. Schools may also elect to have students complete the SAT II in Latin, although Virtual Virginia does not require this.


      • Successful completion of Latin I, Latin II, Latin III and Latin IV is required. Advanced students upon completion of Latin III can be assessed for placement into this course.
      • Students must have a strong knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary as well as good listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Instruction and written and verbal communication will be conducted almost exclusively in Latin.

Course Texts and Materials


  • A Song of War: Readings from Vergil’s Aeneid Updated Edition
    ISBN: 9780133205206 or 9780133266757


  • Caesar & Vergil AP Vocabulary Cards
    Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
    ISBN: 978-0-86516-674-5


  • English only translation of the Aeneid. Choose one of these translations:
    • Fagles: ISBN 978-0143105138
    • Fitzgerald: ISBN 978-0679729525
    • Lombardo: ISBN 978-0872207318
    • Mandelbaum: ISBN 978-0553210415


  • English only translation of Caesar’s Gallic War. Choose one of these translations:
    • Hirtius: ISBN 978-0199540266
    • Macdevitt: ISBN 978-1604597622


  • College Caesar: Latin Text with facing Vocabulary and Commentary
    Geoffrey Steadman
    ISBN: 9780984306572
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