Astrom Editions was founded by Professor Paul Åström in 1962 to publish monographs on Mediterranean
archaeology. These have been published in a series called Studies in
Mediterranean Archaeology which now comprises about 170 dissertations,
excavation reports and monographs.
The activities were expanded in
1974 to include a special paperback series, Studies in Mediterranean
Archaeology and Literature - Pocket-books which now also consists
of about 170 titles mainly on Greek, Cypriote, Italian and Near Eastern
archaeology in English, French, German, Italian and Swedish. Swedish authors´
relations to antiquity have been studied in books about Johannes Edfelt,
Gunnar Ekelöf and Östen Sjöstrand. Swedish translations
of modern Greek authors such as Kavafis and Kazantzakis and travel diaries
from Greece by Hjalmar Gullberg and Karin Boye have also been printed.
Some books deal with Rainer Maria Rilke and his correspondence with Ernst
Norlind and Tora Vega Holmström.
The publishing house of Astrom Editions is now situated at Mimersvägen 44, SE-433 64 Sävedalen, Sweden.
Astrom Editions also publishes the periodicals Journal of
Prehistoric Religion, Archaeology and Natural Science and a
series Documenta mundi with translations of Egyptian and Indian texts.
In later years a series of Classics (Klassiker) consisting
of Swedish translations and parallel texts of ancient Greek and Latin authors
have been issued to fill a role similar to that of Budé, Loeb and
Tusculum Bücherei. Aristotle, Cornelius Nepos, Catullus, Epictetus, Horace, Martial, Namatianus, Ovid, Seneca, Tibullus and others have been translated.
Paul Åströms förlag also distributes the publications
issued by the Swedish institutes in Athens and Rome (including Opuscula
Atheniensia and Opuscula Romana), the Norwegian Institute
in Athens, the Scandinavian Joint Expedition to Sudanese Nubia
and the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, in
The logotype is a Late Bronze Age Mycenaean three-handled jar with a palm-tree motif from the cuirass tomb of Dendra, Greece (1400 BC).