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🔥 Unit 3

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3.0 Overview: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 2

Jack Marso

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Caroline Koffke

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⏱️ September 23, 2020


Overview of Unit 3 😍

Salvete Omnes 🏛️! We welcome you back to studying with us (and if this is your first time, thanks for being with us). This unit covers Book 2 of the Aeneid.

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In order to prepare for the exam, you’ll be reading Book 2 in Latin 🤩. Reading over the Unit 3 checklist is important in making sure you understand the correct skill categories each section of lines tackles.

We appreciate your support so far this year, and we hope that you continue using us as a resource for all of your AP ®and college-level studies. Let’s get right into, shall we?

👉Check out the AP Latin Overview

Unit Guide at a Glance 👓

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 the lines within that particular section of the Book.

Also, there are different themes in the Course Content that students should be able to know, as well as understanding the focus of each theme. For Unit 3, there are three themes: War and Empire (WAE), 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.

Themes of Unit 3

ThemeDescription of Theme
War and Empire (WAE)1) Why do wars happen? What questions do these works raise about the consequences of war? 2) What questions do the works raise about diplomacy, negotiation, and peacemaking? 3) What are the perspectives of Vergil and Caesar concerning Roman imperialism? 4) What are the perceived purposes, benefits, and costs of the empire? 5) What are the effects of war on women and non-combatants? 6) How do the texts portray enemy groups?
History and Memory (HIS)1) How do these works reflect the conflicts of the era in which they were written, both explicitly and implicitly? 2) In what ways do the works reflect the impact of an individual on historical events? 3) Within these works, how does shared experience build and sustain communities? 4) How do the authors use historical exempla (heroic ancestors, critical events), and for what purposes? 5) How do individuals in these works use their understanding of the past to create their present and future? 6) How do the authors see the importance of historical events for the Roman people?
Human Beings and the Gods (HBG)1) 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? 2) How do the authors portray fate? How does fate affect human beings? 3) How and why do human beings and gods communicate with one another?

As always, when there is a gap between sections of lines, I would suggest reading the lines in English or sight-write them for extra comprehension and practice! These are great skills to practice in order to prepare for your exam in May!

Review of Unit One 👏

In unit one, we began AP Latin with the first book of the Aeneid. It’s been quite some time since we discussed down that unit, so if you need a refresher (it’s perfectly ok if you do 😁), take a look at our other unit guide [link to Unit 1]

Ok…where were we again? OH yeah, I remember… we’re reviewing unit three! Let’s jump into this content 🤑!

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