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Unit 4

4.0 Overview of Unit 4: Caesar, Gallic War, Book 4

3 min readโ€ขseptember 26, 2020

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Overview of Unit 4 ๐Ÿ˜

Salvete Omnes ๐Ÿ›๏ธ! Weโ€™re nearing the half-way point in the AP Latin curriculum (and we canโ€™t wait to dive back into the curriculum once more with you!) This unit covers going into Book IV of the Gallic War.
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In order to prepare for the exam, youโ€™ll be reading Book IV in Latin ๐Ÿคฉ. Reading over the Unit 4 checklist is important in making sure you understand the correct skill categories each section of lines tackles.
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Check out an overview of AP Latin unit 4 here!

Unit Guide at a Glance ๐Ÿ‘“

As you already know, in AP Latin and other languages, there are no key concepts like there are in other AP subjects ๐Ÿคจ. 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, tackle correctly, and understand the focus of. For Unit 4, there are three themes: Leadership (LDR), War and Empire (WAE), and Views of Non-Romans (VNR) that students should be aware of throughout the unit. Notice the explanations of each theme below.

Themes of Unit 4

ThemeDescription of Theme
Leadership (LDR)1) What different types of leaders (both male and female) and leadership styles do we see in these works? 2) How do leaders deal with setbacks and failures? 3) How does a leader inspire others to follow?
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? What are the perceived purposes, benefits, and costs of the empire? 4) What are the effects of war on women and non-combatants? 5) How do the texts portray enemy groups?
Views of Non-Romans (VNR)1) In what ways do the authors portray the various non-Roman peoples that appear in the works? 2) What criteria do they use to evaluate these groups? 3) To what extent do the authors reinforce or challenge stereotypes of these groups? 4) How do the authors use these portrayals in their works?
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!

Contextualization ๐Ÿ“œ

Hold up! I know, I know . . . I said we would get right into it, but understanding what leads up to Book IV is CRUCIAL ๐Ÿฅต. Although Book II and III arenโ€™t required itโ€™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.

Review of Unit 2 ๐Ÿ‘

In Unit 2, we read Book I and III of the Gallic War. After reading Book II of Vergilโ€™s Aeneid in Unit 4, it may have been quite some time since your class has discussed the Gallic War, so if you need a refresher (itโ€™s perfectly ok if you do ๐Ÿ˜), take a look at our other unit guide [TK Unit 2].
Iโ€™m glad thatโ€™s over with! I wonder what we were talking about...OH wait, I rememberโ€ฆ weโ€™re reviewing Unit 4! Letโ€™s jump into that content ๐Ÿค‘

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