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March 13, 2011

Virgil’s Aeneid, Rome’s most celebrated epic poem, is the focus of the AP syllabus at this level. Students gain an appreciation of the epic genre as evidenced in The Aeneid by studying the literary and technical challenges confronting Virgil in composing his poem in hexameter verse and by translating accurately and interpreting critically the requisite lines of Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, and 12. Students are required to discuss pertinent Roman cultural, social, and political history, analyze characters, scan hexameter verse, and recognize motifs, figures of speech, the use of imagery, and rhetorical effects.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and an A– or higher in Latin III.

Grades 11–12
Full Year