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Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/36 weeks


Take your knowledge and appreciation of Latin to the next level. Read some of the best Latin prose and poetry ever written or spoken. Let Caesar tell you how he conquered the three parts of Gaul. Be moved by the eloquence of Cicero as he reminds Romans of the virtues that made their country great. And marvel at how Catullus could express the deepest human emotions in just a few, well-chosen words.

In Latin 3, you will visit our library of great authors. Your library card will give you access to the timeless words of the greatest Roman poets, storytellers and orators. Your skills with the Latin language will give you direct access to the beauty and power of their thoughts.

The purpose of this course is to strengthen your Latin vocabulary as well as your appreciation for well-crafted writing. You will go directly to the source and recognize why Latin and those who spoke it are still relevant today.


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Course Requirements

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, VLACS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments will be in the form of self-checks, multiple choice and short answer questions, Latin to English translation, English writing assignments, projects, research papers/projects, essays, oral assessments and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1:

  • Caesar vocabulary and accompanying English derivatives
  • Gerunds
  • Gerundives
  • Passage from Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars
  • Caesar’s Helvetian Campaign
  • Deponent Verbs
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Battle of Alesia/Hercynian Forest/Druids
  • Life of Julius Caesar
  • Roman archaeological legacy in Provence, France
  • Analysis of writing style and content
  • Stylistic and rhetorical devices
  • Cicero vocabulary and accompanying English derivatives
  • Latin passages from Cicero’s In Catilinam
  • Entire In Catilinam in English
  • Subjunctive mood, 5 uses (volitive, purpose, result, cum clauses and indirect question), 4 tenses (present, imperfect, perfect, past perfect), active and passive voices
  • Sequence of tenses using the subjunctive mood
  • Structure of an oration
  • Cicero’s thoughts from On Oratory and De Officiis
  • Life of Tullius Cicero
  • Analysis of writing style and content


Segment 2:

  • Poetic meter: dactylic hexameter, hendecasyllabics, elision, spondee, dactyl, liquid, etc.
  • Oral scansion as a metrical exercise
  • Ovid vocabulary and accompanying English derivatives
  • Latin passages from the Metamorphoses re: Daphne and Apollo
  • Art through the ages using the Daphne and Apollo story
  • English passage from the Metamorphoses re: Pyramus and Thisbe
  • Catullus vocabulary and accompanying English derivatives
  • Life of Catullus
  • Assorted Latin poems of Catullus: II, III, V, LXXXV
  • Analysis of writing style and content of both authors
  • Life of Vergil
  • Poetic forms of dactylic hexameter
  • Vergil vocabulary and accompanying English derivatives
  • Latin passages from the Aeneid: Lines 1-33, 50-64, 81-101, 124-131, 148-153, 198-209
  • Oral reading of the introduction to the Aeneid
  • Analysis of writing style and content
  • Essay writing to include substantiation of position via the Latin text, English translation and assessment of author’s usage of rhetorical devices


Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit



Latin 1 and 2



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