AP Latin 2017 Summer Work
- Reading in English: Vergil’s Aeneid books 1-6 Click here for a great online translation of the Aeneid – if you prefer a more modern prose translation, I recommend Robert Fagles’ translation of the Aeneid (Viking, 2006)
- Aeneid Sound Track Project Aeneid Sound Track Project
- Translation and Vocabulary Lists: Caesar’s De Bello Gallico 1.5,6,7 you should come in with a thorough knowledge of the vocabulary and a rough translation. This is about the Helvetians’ plan to carry out their migration through Roman territory.
Vergil’s Aeneid Click Here for a Great Outline
The Greeks get all the ancient epic credit, but if you want a truly mind-bending, time-twisting, god-power packed ancient epic, try Vergil’s Aeneid . Written in Latin by a Roman guy named Vergil about over 1,000 years after the Homeric epics were composed, the Aeneid is a Hero filled Epic that takes Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad and flips, inverts and fan fictions the Hades out of them.
So Like I said, Vergil was a crazy Roman who grew up reading the Odyssey and the Illiad and decided he wanted to dedicate his life to Latinizing these epics- well he didn’t make the decision alone, he was commissioned by Augustus (a.k.a. Octavian) at a time when Rome – and by Rome I mean Augustus- was sick and tired of hearing all about what great writers the Greeks are and how old their civilization was and how wise and important they are…so he wanted to create a super illustrious mythic history for Rome- just as old and awesome a the Greeks’. So he hired Vergil to write this super Roman epic- and where to start…how about the Trojan War!? So the Aeneid begins after the Trojan war, as Aeneas a Trojan man and son of Venus, handsomer than Helen, with more hardships than Odysseus and way whinier than even Telemachus, is wandering the seas, driven from his home land (remember the Greeks win the Trojan war and burn Troy to the ground) and unable to find a new place to set up a super duper new awesome civilization promised to him by his mom (a.k.a. Venus). Well just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than loosing your home, country, family and friends and wandering the sea for years, Juno creates a big storm (she is always super angry and out to get Aeneas) and Aeneas and his Trojan men are shipwrecked on the shores of North Africa! Will Aeneas ever get to Hesperia- his promised land and start a new civilization that will be…wait for it…ROME!? The Aeneid is chock full of excitement, twists of fate and references to the Illiad and the Odyssey. But don’t take my word for it:-) Have fun reading this Roman epic for yourself!
De Bello Gallico:
Ever wondered who was the strongest of all the Gauls? The answer might surprise you! In De Bello Gallico, Julius Caesar’s account of his campaigns in Gaul, you will meet fun and wily characters such as Orgetorix ( there is nothing like the Gauls for unique baby names)! The Gauls want to just move up and out but Caesar isn’t happy. What will he do? Read Book I of de Bello Gallico (DBG) to find out! Also we will see just how many clauses Caesar can sneak into a sentence- so much fun!
Read all about Caesar and the Roman Military:
Check out this great Caesar resource from Dickinson College:
Don’t forget a great vocab aid: No Dictionaries.com
Last but not least: Keep Up With Your Latin and the world through the NLE Nuntii Latini News
More Aeneid Resources if you are interested:
Audite: Dactylic Hexameter- what were the Romans thinking?
The Good, the Bad Listen to this and compare the use of French and English
I. Read Vergil’s Aeneid in English: Link to an on-line English Text
II. Great interactive Latin AE text with commentary and dictionary: UPenn Vergil
III. No Dictionaries-Make your own personal vocab lists : Aeneid Text
V. Audio Clip of Recitation lines 1-11 Aeneid
Basic Latin Review Resources