AP Latin is designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich and rigorous Latin course, approximately equivalent to an upper-intermediate (typically fourth or fifth semester) college or university Latin course. After you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose.

As an AP Latin student, you will learn to prepare and translate the required Latin readings with an accuracy that reflects precise understanding of the Latin in all its details; you will also read and comprehend unfamiliar passages at sight, even if not with full understanding of every detail. These two types of study powerfully reinforce each other. The course thus allows time for regular, sustained, and integrated practice at sight reading.

Throughout the course, you will develop your language skills through various activities: precise, literal translation of prepared poetry and prose; reading with comprehension of sight passages, both poetry and prose; and written analyses that demonstrate the results of critical reading in clear and coherent arguments supported by textual examples. You will also be able to relate those readings to the historical, political and cultural contexts in which they were created to gain an even deeper understanding of these classic works of literature.

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