Roma Aeterna (the main book of Pars II of the Lingua Latina per se illustrata series) introduces some of the most celebrated authors of Roman antiquity through the lens of Roman literature and mythology. A vivid description of the city’s monuments precedes a prose retelling of the first four books of Virgil’s Aeneid, with many of the most famous passages in their original verse form. Roma Aeterna stands out as both the next step after Familia Romana and a survey of Latin literature in its own right.
Students will also read texts from sacred Scripture and other primary sources as part of their deep exploration of classical texts in their original language. Enjoying and analyzing these texts helps students to develop their own writing skills, not only in the breadth of their vocabulary but also in their appreciation of stylistic and rhetorical techniques.
This course is intended to follow Latin 2; at least two years of high school Latin are a prerequisite. This course is taught at the equivalent of a traditional honors-level class.
Families purchase the following required supplies. Audio files to accompany the text will be available via Google Classroom; students will be invited to join Google Classroom upon the start of classes in order to listen to the audio files independently during the week.