Welcome to the Codex Marinus! This is a compendium of texts and extracts that i either find important, interesting, or useful to have on hand. I hope they might be of some use to you as well.
- “On the Gods and the World” Sallust, c. 40 BCE Sallust’s classic of Hellenic theology (theoilogy?), as translated by Thomas Taylor in 1793.
- A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens, 1843 This “ghostly little book” is Dickens at his finest, i.e. Dickens not being paid by the word. Its message still resonates to this day, and it’s a lovely little read at any time and any age.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 A milestone document enshrining human rights into international law, now one of the most translated written works in history. (The Arabic and Japanese versions are mostly just here to test how layouts in other languages might work.)
- “In Event of Moon Disaster” Bill Safire, 1969 This speech was written for president Richard Nixon, to be used in the event that the astronauts aboard Apollo 11 did not make it home.
- “Your Invisible Toolbag” extracted from The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs Tristan Gooley, 2014 A very useful book to have on hand if you’re ever out on a walk through nature — this extract is from the back part with all the appendices, summarising the listed techniques. These may or may not work if you’re outside the UK.