Commencement 2019

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Rutgers Associate Professor of Classics and world-renowned expert on the late Roman Republic T. Corey Brennan (Ph.D., Harvard), will visit Virginia Wesleyan June 21 to discuss the recently modified AP Latin Exam and ways in which students can better prepare for the Caesar component of the test. The exam, which assesses students’ ability to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose, was updated for the 2012–2013 academic year to include prose author Gaius Julius Caesar in addition to ancient Roman poet Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro). Local Latin teachers are invited to attend the event, hosted by Batten Associate Professor of Classics Dr. Benjamin Haller’s Summer Session Latin class. “The Caesar portion is relatively new,” says Haller. “From what I hear, high school teachers are really craving pointers on how to help their students succeed on this section of the exam.” Students are also expected to describe and analyze Latin grammar, syntax, and style, and to connect the texts that they read with the people and practices that shaped the ancient Roman world. Brennan will speak Friday at 6 p.m. in Clarke 218. As a scholar of Roman and Greek history, he has written various publications and has appeared on several documentaries and television programs. He was also a guitarist and songwriter for the alternative rock band The Lemonheads. For more information, contact Benjamin Haller at or 757.233.8811.