Camden Hills Regional High School

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Latin Poetry Writers
World Languages
The purpose of this course is to introduce the Latin student to a number of more important writers of Latin poetry. All of the first semester and a portion of the second semester are devoted to Vergil’s Aeneid. The course begins with a discussion of Virgil and his times. Lectures,  videos, readings,  filmstrips, and daily written exercises are used to make the student familiar with the Augustan era of Rome and Virgil himself. Selected lines from Books I, II, IV and VI are translated from the original Latin and discussed in depth.There is an ongoing and comprehensive grammatical review throughout the year and the student continues to learn new vocabulary items and their English derivatives.  The student also learns scansion of dactylic hexameter, rhetorical devices , and Latin forms  peculiar to poetry. Some of the Aeneid’s most famous lines are memorized. The remaining portions of the Aeneid are read in English translation and discussed. The rest of the year is devoted to other poets such as Martial, Catullus, Ovid, Horace and Juvenal, as well as the playwright Plautus. Selections from these poets are translated and discussed and their influence on future writers is touched upon.