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Classics Camp

Meet the Ancient Greeks and Romans Classics Camp on the UW-Madison Campus

A summer day camp experience for students entering 5th-8th grades.

COVID-19 update

Dear campers: At this time it’s too soon to know how COVID-19 and campus policy might impact the Classics Camp. We are watching UW-Madison campus policies about summer camps and will post updates here as they become available. Thank you for your patience, and take care.

Summer 2020 dates: There will be two sessions of Classics Camp in Summer 2020! (The sessions will be identical, so only register for one.)

Session 1: 8:30 – 4:30, July 27-August 7, 2020       
Session 2: 8:30 – 4:30, August 10-21, 2020

Registration opens on January 23, 2020 at 8:00 am.

Cost: $450

Director: Professor William Aylward, Department of Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies

The Classics Camp wants to raise awareness about classical antiquity in our community, to broaden the reach and diversity of our discipline, and to share in the opportunities and rewards of studying classical antiquity. Applicants who qualify for free- or reduced-price meal programs are eligible to inquire about reduced tuition scholarships for the camp. Contact us at for more information or with any questions.

About Classics Camp

Are you fascinated by the mythology of ancient Greece and gladiators of ancient Rome? Percy Jackson and the Olympians? Latin spells in Harry Potter?

Explore the rich and fascinating worlds of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire in this Classics Camp on the UW-Madison campus. Through interactive activities, students learn about everyday life in ancient Greece and Rome, including myth, history, drama, art and architecture, clothing, and food. Students also learn a bit of Ancient Greek and Latin (don’t worry, it’s not that hard!) and find out about their roots in the English language we speak today (impress your friends and family when you write their names in ancient Greek!). Students also explore how classical civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome are foundational points of reference for modern fiction like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson.

Join us to delve into the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans through stories, archaeology, monuments, language, and arts and crafts! Campers will paint their own Greek vase and make their own toga. They will also learn about the fabled city of Troy and the saga of the Trojan War, stories of the Olympians and the birth of tragedy in ancient Greece, the wonders of the Parthenon in Athens and the foundations of democracy, the gladiators of the Colosseum in Rome and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Campers will also explore reflections of classical civilization right here on campus at places like Camp Randall, the Memorial Union, and the Chazen Museum of Art.

Sponsors: The Classics Camp is a program of the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES) and the Language Institute.

The Classics Camp is grateful for funding from Classics Everywhere, an initiative of the Society for Classical Studies, to help increase access to classical studies among traditionally underserved populations.