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  • Course ID:LATIN 436
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:Classics
  • Course Rank:Honors
  • Teachers:Gerard Babendreier

Description and Objectives

This course will include a perusal and translation of the AP selections from Commentāriī Caesaris dē Bellō Gallicō (Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War).


Mueller, Hans-Friedrich, Caesar: Selections from his Commentāriī dē Bellō Gallicō (ISBN 978-0-86516-752-0)

Course Requirements

  • To read and translate the AP selections of Caesar’s Gallic War from Books I, IV, V and VI 
  • To read in English the AP English selections of Caesar’s Gallic War

Course Expectations

  • The student will be expected to prepare for in-class translation about 10-15 lines of Caesar’s prose writing in Latin per class meeting.

Goals for Student Learning

  • The student will sharpen his skill in thinking and communicating. This skill will be acquired, as it usually is, by reading some of the sharpest thinkers and communicators the world has ever known.
  • The student will have such mastery of the grammar and syntax of the language, the most important tools, e.g., lexica, reference grammars and commentaries, and the most frequently encountered vocabulary, that he will be able to read classical Latin texts as literature.

Successful Students

The students successful in this course will: 

  • study Latin at least fifteen minutes every day of the week
  • seek extra help at the first signs of difficulty, not only from the instructor, who is available before/after school and during Mass Study Hall, but also from classmates.