Salvete Omnes 🏛️! We’re finally here, the final unit! We’re so proud of the work that you’ve done thus far! For our last unit together, we’re going to be heading back to the Aeneid. This unit contains three different books from the Aeneid.
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You’ve been working SO hard this year (and we’re so proud of you for sticking with us!) Let’s get right into, shall we?
This is our first time diving back into the Aeneid since unit 5, so your understanding of characters may have gotten a little foggy (and that’s ok!) 😁 We don’t expect you to remember every single character, but you should try to focus on the important themes and plots throughout.
If you stumble across an unknown name as you read along, look at this Aeneid character list to keep your mind sharp!
As you already know, in AP Latin and other languages, there are no key concepts 🙄 like there are in other AP subjects. Instead, we will practice skill categories in the form of different style questions to help you prepare for the exam 🧐 Then we will break down those lines from that section of the book.
Also, there are different themes in the Course Content where students should be able to know, tackle correctly, and understand the focus of each theme. For Unit 8, there are three themes: Literary Style and Genre (LIT), History and Memory (HIS) and Human Beings, and the Gods (HBG) that students should be aware of throughout the unit. Notice the explanations of each theme below.
What should we expect from a Latin epic or commentarii in terms of form and content?
How do the authors confirm or challenge our expectations?
What are the purposes and effects of Vergil's and Caesar's style?
What points of view do Vergil and Caesar take when describing events?
How do they represent themselves and for what purposes?
What means do the authors use to develop characters in the works? How do the authors portray female characters?
How do the authors use characterization to develop key themes?
How do these works reflect the conflicts of the era in which they were written, both explicitly and implicitly?
In what ways do the works reflect the impact of an individual on historical events?
Within these works, how does shared experience build and sustain communities?
How do the authors use historical exempla (heroic ancestors, critical events), and for what purposes?
How do individuals in these works use their understanding of the past to create their present and future?
How do the authors see the importance of historical events for the Roman people?
What roles do the gods play and how are they perceived? To what extent do the gods of other peoples resemble those of the Romans?
How do the authors portray fate? How does fate affect human beings?
How and why do human beings and gods communicate with one another?
Hold up! I know, I know . . . I said we would get right into it, but understanding what leads up to Book VI is CRUCIAL 🥵 Although Book V isn’t required for the AP exam, it’s important contextualization for required argumentation and textual analysis skills utilized in this book.
I recommend taking a look at the summary and reviewing each pairing of lines for a more in-depth review.
👉Read: AP Latin - Book 5 Summary
As always, when there is a gap between sections of lines, I would suggest reading the lines in English or sight-right them for extra comprehension and practice! These are great skills to practice in order to prepare for your exam in May!