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Summer Assignment for All Latin Classes

Students should work on the Dickinson College Core Vocabulary List, and students coming into Latin II-A.P. should review grammar videos on the Latin Tutorial website.  A link to the vocabulary section is linked below.  Students should use the "share-email" feature to email me your percentile once you think you have attained your best score.
 
 
Latin I:  Feel free to start working on developing your Latin vocabulary using the tool discussed above.  There are no specific reading assignments.  As part of the required ancillary materials for Latin I, you will need to obtain a copy of Edith Hamilton's Mythology, so you may want to get that and start reading it over the summer.
 
Latin II:  Use the Latin Tutorial site and any other useful tools you come across to keep your skills sharp.  There are no specific summer readings required, but knowledge of Roman life, culture, and history is an area in which our textbook is deficient.  Any time you could spend this summer reading books, articles, online sites, or viewing documentaries on those subjects would be time well spent for preparing for Latin II.  A major part of the Latin II curriculum concerns the late Republic through reading the biography of Titus Pomponius Atticus.  The period of Roman history most relevant for Latin students is the late Republic through the Flavian Dynasty of the Empire.
 
Latin III:  Use the Latin Tutorial site and any other useful tools you come across to keep your skills sharp.  There are no specific summer readings required, but knowledge of Roman life, culture, and history is an area in which our textbook is deficient.  Any time you could spend this summer reading books, articles, online sites, or viewing documentaries on those subjects would be time well spent for preparing for Latin III.  A major part of the Latin III curriculum consists of late Republican writers such as Catullus and Julius Caesar, as well as Augustan writers Ovid and Horace.  
 
A.P. Latin:  Use the Latin Tutorial site and any other useful tools you have incorporated into your Latin studies to keep your skills sharp.  Students should go ahead and acquire a copy of Julius Caesar's The Gallic War and Vergil's Aeneid in English translation.  For Vergil, it is very important that the translation you obtain is a "prose translation" and not a "verse translation".  A.P. students are required to know the content of the entirety of these works in English, whether or not there are lines from those sections on the actual syllabus to be covered in Latin.  Thus the more you read of those works this summer, the easier your experience in A.P. Latin will be.  We will most likely do the Caesar portion of the curriculum first when the class starts in the fall.