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)
- 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
- 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.
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.
A+ due dates: June 30th, July 31st, and August 31st.
B+ due date: First day of school.
- Allen and Greenough on Infinitives (7 pp.)
- Allen and Greenough on the Sequence of Tenses (6 pp.)
- Allen and Greenough on Indirect Discourse (5 pp.)
- Allen and Greenough on Gerunds Gerundives Supines (6 pp.)
- Allen and Greenough on the Genitive (15 pp.)
- Allen and Greenough on the Dative (16 pp.)
- Allen and Greenough on the Ablative (18 pp.)
This material should be a review of what you have already covered in previous Latin courses. You should not limit yourself to these topics, but discover new topics to bring to the attention of the class on the first day of school.
If you do this assignment well, you will find the course, and, eventually, the AP exam and the National Latin Exam easier. If you come to class without a strong foundation in the material that this summer assignment covers, the beginning of the year will be difficult, and the rest even more so.
We will collect your summer assignment on the first day of school and grade it based on completion and effort shown (students who show their work and choose diverse words will receive higher marks).