AP Vergil

(1) College Vergil Commentary  (22 mb, pdf., 1st ed., 25Jun21) Now in paperback for $9.95 USD


This pdf linked above includes all the selections on the College Board AP (Advanced Placement) syllabus for Vergil’s Aeneid in 63 Lessons. Each lesson includes Latin text, corresponding  vocabulary, and grammatical notes in a two-page format:

  • Book 1: 1-209, 418-440, 494-578
  • Book 2: 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, 559-620
  • Book 4: 160-218, 259-361, 659-705
  • Book 6: 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, 847-899

Why choose this series over competing AP textbook series? 

  1. Free access to the pdf edition: Teachers can present the pdf in-class or virtually to support instruction and upload the pdf to a class website for student access. Students can access the pdf at home and in class.
  2. Lessons divided to promote pacing: Teachers can assign daily lessons to promote good pacing. Since each lesson is two pages long, students know precisely where a new assignment begins and ends. The 63 lessons in Vergil and 70 in Caesar allow teachers to complete the syllabus and still have time for regular testing, breaks, and review before the AP exam.
  3. No page flipping: Students have ready access to all non-core vocabulary and grammatical notes for each lesson without turning a page.
  4. Translation sheets are arranged by lesson to keep students organized: The text on the downloadable and printable translation sheets is identical in format to the text in each lesson, so students can take notes, stay organized, and never lose their place as their eyes between the commentary and translation sheets.
  5. Thin and portable: Students can fit each volume in the pocket of a binder.
  6. 7 x 10 inch. size: Students can keep volumes open flat on desk as they work.
  7. Inexpensive: College Caesar and College Vergil cost $9.95 each.

(2) Modified College Vergil Commentary for online viewing (pdf, 25mb, 25Jun21) This modified pdf includes two pages from the commentary on each pdf page (8 x 11.5 in.) so that readers may access the two pages of each lesson more easily for online reading. If you wish to print individual pages (7 x 10 in.), please use the original pdf. 

(3) Student Translation Sheets as pdf (pdf, 06Aug20) This 63-page pdf includes the Latin text with lined spaced for translation, notes, or scansion practice. Each page corresponds to one of the 63 lessons in the commentary. Readers are encouraged to print these pages back to back and take notes as they read through the commentary.

(4) Student Translation Sheets as docx (.zip containing docx files from Google Drive, 22Apr21) This .zip file contains the translation pages described above as 63 separate docx files. Teachers can modify the translation sheets and add images, form/vocabulary review, or exercises (e.g. short answer, multiple choice) for student use. 

(5) PowerPoint presentations for instructors (31Jan14, .zip, .ppt)  This presentations include six lines of Vergil per slide in black font on a white background. Teachers can project these slides on a whiteboard, for example, and use colored whiteboard markers to annotate the text as they read in class. Sample #1 shows how a teacher can add simple animation (red font appears through a click-prompt) to reinforce grammar explanations offered by student in class, and Sample #2 shows how a teacher can add simple animation to provide vocabulary help when encouraging smoother sight-reading.

(6) Recommend Changes directly on a pdf of College Vergil: This link opens Adobe Docs and allows anyone to pin and make comments, corrections, or suggestions to the Vergil commentary pdf. I will check these comments weekly and update the pdf on this website regularly.

2 thoughts on “AP Vergil

  1. Wyatt Rapp says:

    Steadman’s College Vergil is the most amazing thing ever! It helped me so much in my Latin 4 AP class and I am forever grateful.

    • geoffreysteadman says:

      Thank you for the kind note, Wyatt. I know that it is hard to balance AP Latin with all the other classes and activities that you have going on, but you will never regret reading Vergil. Never. Good luck to you.

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