Poetry of the First Century BCE provides an intensive and in-depth reading and analysis of selected parts of Vergil’s Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Skills of translation, comprehension of content, and mastery of grammatical and syntactical concepts are equally emphasized. The student will read the texts in their entirety in English and selected portions in the original Latin. Through the intensive study of Latin poetry and prose literature, the student will develop an understanding of prosody, rhetorical devices, and figures of speech. Further, the student will encounter the difficulties inherent in translating a text into grammatically accurate English while remaining true to the original Latin.  The goal of this course is to help students’ achieve the skills and confidence necessary to produce polished English translations.

Upon the completion of this course, students may elect to take the corresponding College Board standardized test.