Latin IV

Prerequisite: Latin III or satisfactory placement exam results
Upon completion of Unit 4 of the Cambridge Latin Curriculum, we explore classical Latin literature, some of the most enduring works of world literature. We begin reading authors of the late Republic (Caesar, Catullus, and Cicero) and selections by authors of the Augustan Age (Vergil, Horace, and Ovid) as time allows. We learn to identify the salient features of a particular author’s writing in terms of language, syntax, imagery, and figures of speech. The theory and practice of translation will be addressed, as students develop and refine their translation techniques and study advanced topics in Latin grammar. Time is devoted to poetic meter, rhetorical devices, imagery, and figures of speech. The National Latin Exam for Latin IV is taken in the third quarter.