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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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Laches
Ladies, On Facial Treatment for
Ladies, The Learned
Lady, Portrait of a
Lady at Court, On a Certain
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady of Shallot, The (1832)
Laelius on Friendship
Last of the Mohicans, The
Law, The (Hippocrates)
Law, The Common
Laws (Plato)
Laws, Spirit of
Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, The
Leagues Under the Sea, Twenty Thousand
Lear, King
Learned Ladies, The
Learning, Advancement of
Lectures on the Philosophy of History
Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Introductory
Lectures on Psychoanalysis, New Introductory
Legend of Saint Julian Hospitator, The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The
Legislation, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and
Lemmas
Les Miserables
Letter, The Purloined
Letter, The Scarlet
Letter of Advice to a Young Poet, A
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Letter Concerning Toleration
Letter to his Father
Letter to a Noble Lord, A
Letters (Chrysostom)
Letters (Cicero)
Letters (Horace)
Letters (Ignatius)
Letters (Pascal)
Letters, Persian
Letters, Provincial
Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Letters from the Black Sea
Letters on the English
Levet, On the Death of Dr. Robert
Leviathan
Libation Bearers, The
Liberty, On
Liberty, On Christian
Life, On Longevity and Shortness of
Life, The New
Life, Psychopathology of Everyday
Life of Antony
Life and Death, On Breathing; On Youth and Old Age, On
Life of Dr. John Donne, The
Life of Ivan Denisovich, One Day in the
Life of Mr. George Herbert, The
Life of Reason, The
Life of Samuel Johnson Ll.D.
Light, Treatise on
Light Brigade, The Charge of the
Lighthouse, To the
Limits; Human Knowledge, Its Scope and
Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the Air, Treatises on the Equilibrium of
Literaria, Biographia
Little Dorrit
Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi, The
Little Men
Little Women
Live By, What Men
Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
Lives of the Poets, The
Livy, Discourses on the First Ten Books of
Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies, On the
Lock, Rape of the
Logic, A System of
Logic, the Theory of Inquiry
Lolita
Longevity and Shortness of Life, On
Looking-Glass, Through the
Lord, A Letter to a Noble
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Rings, The
Lorna Doone
Lost, Paradise
Lotos-Eaters, The (1833)
Love, The Art of
Love, Cures for
Love, On (Stendhal)
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The
Lover, Lady Chatterley's
Lovers, Sons and
Love's Labour's Lost
Loving God, On
Lower Animals, The Moral Sense of Man and the
Lyrical Ballads
Lysis (Plato)
Lysistrata (Aristophanes)
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