New magnificent volume: Decadence and Decay – From Ancient Rome to the Present


The fear of living in the end times has a long history. From ancient Rome to the present, ideas and expressions of decadence and decay have played a critical role in how we perceive the world. In Decadence and Decay, a group of distinguished international scholars from Ivy League Universities describe how societies over time have handled and interpreted the concept of decline and provide a wide-angled view on the phenomenon of decadence through sex, luxury, dandyism and nudity. The result is an exposé over what aspects of decadence that over time have consequences for our modern civilisation.

The book is based on The Declinism Seminars that were held in Oxford, Cambridge and Rome. We’ve followed the emergence of the book, from seminars up until holding the beautifully illustrated book in our hands. The essays are of the highest level, which is reflected in the design of the book. A grand masterpiece in the spirit of decadence.


In English, ISBN 9789198523652
304 s, 100 illustrations, 25x28 cm

Main editors: Kurt Almqvist, Mattias Hesséus
Design: Patric Leo

Binding: Hardcover
Paper: Munken Lynx rough
Print: Printon
Repro: Italgraf media

Essay Authors

Professor Faramerz Dabhiowala. University Lecturer in Modern History, Faculty of History, Oxford University, UK.

Dr Melanie Grundmann. Cultural Scientist, Germany.

Professor Richard Whatmore. School of History, University of St Andrews, UK.

Mattias Hessérus. PhD Candidate, Department of History, Uppsala University. Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Sweden.

Dr Andrew Huddlestone. Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

Professor Saul David. Professorial Research Fellow in Military History. Humanities Research Institute. University of Buckingham, UK.

Dr Andrew Preston. Reader in American History, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. UK.

Dr Daniela Cammack. Junior Fellow, Harvard University of Fellows, USA.

Assistant Professor Pernilla Roge. Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Professor Adam Tooze. Professor of History, Yale University Department of History, USA.

Professor John R. McNeill. History Department, Georgetown University, USA.

Professor Jonathan Rees. Professor of History, Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA.

Professor Robert Beauregard. Professor of Urban Planning, Braduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, USA. 

Dr William O´Reilly. Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, UK and visiting Scholar,

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, USA.

Dr Michael L. Nelson. Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, USA.

Professor Peter Heather. Medieval History, King´s College London, United Kingdom.

Dr Robert Coates-Stephens. Cary Fellow, British School of Rome, Italy.

Dr Neil McLynn. Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Dr Richard Miles. Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Australia.