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"The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism." - C.S. Lewis, On the Reading of Old Books

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Major Site Redesign - Phase II In Progress

Phase II of the site redesign - updating the site for better display on mobile devices - is now underway. If you access the site on a mobile device, or resize your browser to less than 900 pixels wide, you will see the main content expanded to fill most of the screen and no index visible. The index can be retrieved with a "Show Index" tab on the left edge, and re-hidden using a "Hide Index" tab at the top of the index.

I've tested the changes using my Android tablet with Opera, Firefox, and Chrome browsers. I don't have a smartphone or any Apple devices to test with, though, so if you access the site on an iPad or a smartphone and see any issues, please let me know about them so I can try to get them resolved.

The next part of Phase II is to separate the author information from the links for each work. So, the page for each author will contain a list of the author's works which are indexed on the site, along with basic information about the author and links to general information. The links to etexts and texts for purchase will be moved to their own, individual pages, instead of being crammed together on one page (this isn't a problem for, say, Tyrtaeus, but for Plato and Aristotle the pages get pretty long). You will probably see this change occur a few authors at a time.

UPDATE: This part may require a more in-depth redesign than I was originally planning and may not be completed until late 2018 or even later.

If you missed the initial announcement, the major changes in Phase I (now completed) were:

  • Index type, language of text, and reading list are now selected from dropdown menus instead of by links in the header
  • The menu block in the top right no longer lists webrings or options for navigation (both had been disabled anyway)
  • A couple of the URL parameters have changed (but don't worry - links and bookmarks using the old format will still work)

After Phase II, Phase III will involve changes intended to make the site easier for me to maintain and update in the future. These changes should be fairly transparent to visitors (except that the presentation of content will become more uniform), so I likely won't be announcing the start or completion of them.


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Gabler, Hedda
Gables, The House of the Seven
Gait of Animals, On the
Galatians, Commentary on
Gallic War, The
Game, The Glass Bead
Gargantua and Pantagruel
Gatsby, The Great
Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir
Genealogy of Morals, The
General, On the Cavalry
General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, A
Generation of Animals, On the (Aristotle)
Generation of Animals, On the (Harvey)
Generation and Corruption, On
Genji, The Tale of
Gentiles, Summa Contra
Gentlemen of Verona, The Two
Geology, Principles of
Geometrical Demonstration, On
Geometry (Descartes)
Geometry, Elements of (Euclid)
Georgics
German Nation, To the Christian Nobility of the
Germania
Gettysburg Address
Gilgamesh, The Epic of
Glass Bead Game, The
Go Rin No Sho
God, The City of
God, On Loving
God, The Practice of the Presence of
Godot, Waiting for
Golden Sayings, The
Good and Evil, Beyond
Good Manners and Good Breeding, Treatise on
Gorgias
Goriot, Pere
Government, Concerning Civil
Government, Principles of
Government, Representative
Government, Second Treatise on
Government, Two Treatises on
Grandet, Eugenie
Grapes of Wrath, The
Gray, The Picture of Dorian
Great Expectations
Great Gatsby, The
Great Ideas; Six
Grecians and Romans, Lives of the Noble
Greeks Concerning Hades, Discourse to the
Green Knight, Sir Gawain and the
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
Guide of the Perplexed
Guilt, and Power; On Evil,
Gulag Archipelago, The
Gulliver's Travels
Guy Mannering
Gynt, Peer
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