A New Beginning for Codex


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John Boardley was brave to start a print magazine at a time when everyone was saying print was dead. Defying expectations, Codex 1 was a huge hit. It was praised for its contents, its design, and its production standards. John then sought to raise the bar even higher by bringing me in as editor and I, in turn, brought in Linda Florio as designer. Our new team produced two issues, both highly acclaimed for their content and appearance. A fourth was very near completion when it became obvious that the economics of Codex as a magazine were unworkable. The chief culprit was the exorbitant cost of postage, as copies needed to be shipped far and wide, few near to where the magazine was printed. But more importantly, the editorial ambitions of the publication had gone beyond what could be accommodated in a twice-yearly journal prepared by just a few people. What was to be Codex 4, “The Classical Roman Capital,” had grown to nearly 300 pages.
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