Latin III: Julius Caesar's Gallic War (de Bello Gallico)

A reading of samples from his text and a historical study of his conquests
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  • Lectures 51
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This class is a mix of historical lectures and "discussions" of the Latin passages that the students will read in their original language. Students who have the basics of Latin mastered and the proper interest in Roman history will thoroughly enjoy this course. Through videos of the instructor lecturing, screen recordings of powerpoint presentations and Google Earth animations, this multi-faceted class will keep the students motivated and excited to learn. Roman history and culture, army strategy and tactics, politics of the first century BC, Latin language are all elements that will be covered in the coming lessons.

Evaluations through quizzes will provide automatic feedback to students as they move through the presentations.

What are the requirements?

  • All basic Latin grammar covered
  • One or two years of Latin
  • Purchase Henle's "Latin Second Year" (physical or digital)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand Julius Caesar's time period
  • Discuss the significance of Julius Caesar and his conquest of Gaul
  • Read and understand slightly adapted Latin text of "de Bello Gallico"

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who have the basics of Latin grammar mastered
  • Students who have had a very intensive year of Latin grammar
  • Students who have had two years of Latin Grammar
  • Not for students who are only interested in Roman history (Latin language background necessary)
  • Students 7th grade and beyond (with appropriate Latin background and maturity)

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Section 1: Introduction
Introduction and Welcome!
Textbooks, Quia and Syllabus
Section 2: The Gauls, long ago . . .
Basic Dates of Roman History

Read the text p. 325 to familiarize yourself with THE GAULS and then watch the following video.

Veniunt Galli p.378-379
Battle of the Allia
The Story of Camillus (4th Century BC)
The Story of Manlius Torquatus (4th Century BC)
The Burning of Rome
De Gallorum Caede p.393-384
Section 3: The Roman Landscape at the Time of the Gallic War
Roman Society During the Republic

Watch the presentation and take the quiz here:


After the lecture, watch the first 36 minutes of this video:

Politics of the 60s and 50s

Having a sense of the region and its geography is crucial to make sense of this historical text. Study the following lectures and documents carefully, it will enhance the relevance of your studies of Caesar's campaign.

Introduction's Wrap Up
Section 4: The Helvetians Drive to the West
Tips and Instructions on the Latin Text
Vocabulary List 1

Read, translate and write the translation of the first 23 lines of the Gallic War.  Watch the video before taking the quiz:


Translate first these lines in your notebook and watch this video before taking the quiz.  Find the quiz here:


After translating and writing lines 52-83, take your QUIA quiz here

Vocabulary List 2
1 page
Quiz Lines 84-108
Short Essay: Caesar and the Helvetians at Genava
Caesar's Trek through the Alps

Take the quiz here

Vocabulary List 3
1 page
Battle of the Saone
Hot Pursuit
Battle of Bibracte (Part 1)
Battle of Bibracte (Part 2)
Documentary on The Roman Army
Quiz Lines 133-171 & Quiz lines 172-217
War against Ariovistus (late 58 BC)
Section 5: Conspiracy among the Belgians
Vocabulary List 4
1 page

Translate, watch and take the following tests:

Test I [this covers the intro and text up to "Caesar's Plan" p. 57-58]
Test II [the rest]

Section 6: Trouble in the Alps
Trouble in the Alps

Find the quiz on this section here:

Also while you are looking up the modern city of OCTODURUS, try to see if you can find a picture of a Roman Monument in that town and email it to me.

Picture Essay
Section 7: Revolt on the Seacoast
Vocabulary List 5
1 page

Translate, watch and take the quiz:  Take the quiz here

Section 8: Massacre of the Usipetes and Tencteri
1 page

-Study the vocabulary well by spending some time on quizlet here:

-Then see how you would do with this derivative exercise:

Roman Navy
Commentaries on the Massacre

Create a series of Drawings in Google Docs (See YouTube Tutorial) that show the sequence of the “German Stratagem” described in lines 11-21 on p. 91-92.  (Or if you want to hand draw the sequence and email it to me that's just fine.)

Deep questions & Quiz
After the Massacre
Section 9: All of Gaul in Arms
Vocabulary List 7
1 page
The Final Countdown

After you are done with your translations and you have watched the lectures take this final quiz

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Instructor Biography

Mr. Cedric Ebiner, Language Instructor

I am a French-speaking Swiss native born in Lausanne. After completing my primary and secondary education in the homeland, I moved to Southern California for college. I attended Cal Poly Pomona and got hired at Loyola High School after graduation. I have been working at this college prep school since 1998 as a French and Latin instructor.

A little bit over ten years ago, we started homeschooling our children and I quickly became aware of the need for Latin instructors in this field. I began teaching children who are homeschooled and had a great time doing this in person. Due to professional schedule changes I have had to consider new avenue to teach my homeschoolers. That is why I am now on Udemy.

Learning a language not only open possibilities to engage with people from different parts of the world but it also open one's mind like not many other experiences.

I hope you enjoy my classes.

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