Summer Work 2017: Click here for the 2017 Summer Packet
As new Latin III honors students you will be required to complete three tasks (Reading the Aeneid is optional- we will be reading it the first few weeks of school) to hone your Latin skills and augment your Latin knowledge.
I. Beach Book I: Read Lavinia by Ursala Le Guin. This is a sort of wacky Aeneid fan fiction novel. It is a retelling of the mythic arrival of the Trojans in Italy after the Trojan War from the perspective of Lavinia, a princess of Latium- sound familiar (its where they speak Latin!). So this is set in the super mythic past of Italy and it is written in a funky style. Ursala Le Guin is best known for her fantasy and science fiction novels. So this is a sort of fantasy fan fiction based on the Aeneid books VI-XII.
(Optional- we will be reading books 6-12 of the Aeneid the first 2 weeks of school and comparing it with Lavinia) II. Now read books VI- XII of the Aeneid: Click here for a beautiful translation by John Dryden We are only reading books VI-XII : Aeneas arrives Italy and the Italian wars. If you prefer a more modern prose translation I recommend Robert Fagles’ translation (you can get this at the library). Here is a link to a more prosy online translation:-)
*Here is a great outline of the Aeneid– to help direct your reading and research (momento: we are focusing on books 6-12)*
IV. Translate and Review:
a. Verb Work: Wheelock’s Chapter 12 – Read through the chapter and complete the OST page at the end Key WH 12
b. Translation:Pars Quinta Fabulae: A simple story of the Trojan War
Great Latin Dictionary Online: Whitaker’s Words
Extra Resources to preview for the beginning of Latin III- if you choose:-)
3rd and 4th Conjugation: pres/imperfect/future:3rd and 4th Conjugation
Principle Parts To Review Wheelock’s 1-13
A Very Useful Guide to Using-Principal-Parts
Latin III Honors Unit I: Epic Participles
Summer Reading Essay Choose a topic and create an essay outline- with quotes from both Lavinia and the Aeneid; We will be sharing these outlines and writing an essay the week that we return from school. Topics: a. The Role of Women in Epic- How does Lavinia recreate the roles of major female characters in books VI-XII of the Aeneid? b. Fate and the gods: Compare and contrast the role/s of fate and/or the gods in Lavinia and the Aeneid c. Heroes and Heroines: Compare and contrast 2 heroes/ heroines in the Aeneid and Lavinia. Do LeGuin’s heroes conform to their Vergilian counterparts?
Essay Outline Format: Lavinia Essay Outline