High School Latin IV: Latin Reading
Latin 4 is the next step after CLRC Latin 3 and is open to students who have completed the Latin Grammar, the equivalent of CLRC Latin 3, using texts such as The Oxford Latin Course, Wheelock’s Latin, The Cambridge Latin Course, Lingua Latina, or Latin for the New Millennium. If you are interested in the class but unsure if you are sufficiently prepared please CONTACT US.
In Latin 4, students shift from learning Latin grammar to reading and translating authentic Latin texts. An emphasis will be placed on literal translation, the recognition of poetic devices, and the ability to analyze and interpret the work. Students will also delve deeper into the religion, mythology, archaeology and politics of ancient Rome.
Reading selections vary from year to year but have included Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Horace, Livy, Ovid, Pliny, and Vergil. Latin 4 is highly recommended as a year of Latin reading before enrolling in our AP Latin class which is specific preparation for the Latin AP exam.
The course includes regular review of grammar and vocabulary in the context of the assigned readings.
The readings in the class vary from year to year. Not all the texts listed below are read each year. In Fall 2021 we will begin with Book 4 of the Aeneid using Pharr's text below. We will determine the next texts based on the interests of the class but most likely our next text will be Cicero's First Catilinarian followed by excerpts from the Latin historian Sallust in which he gives the historical backdrop of Cicero’s speech - it is an interesting comparison!
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Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
Spring registration is open!
Anne Van Fossen, CLRC Classical Languages Program Director
Anne Van Fossen (for full bio, click here) has developed the Classical Language Program at the CLRC, and oversees all Classical Language instruction. Her detailed lessons and assignments lead students through the highly acclaimed Oxford Latin Course with a wide variety of learning aids developed especially for the CLRC: vocabulary cards, grammar charts, weekly exercises to focus on retention of the myriad verb and noun forms, and regular work to develop English vocabulary based on Latin roots. Anne works closely with all CLRC Latin teachers and oversees all aspects of the program.
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