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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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Abelard and Heloise; Letters of
Abolishing Christianity; An Argument Against
Abolition of Man, The (1943)
Abroad; Innocents
Absalom, Absalom!
Abyssinia; The Prince of
Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids
Acharnians; The
Acute Diseases, On Regimen in
Adam Bede
Adams, The Education of Henry
Address to the Christian Nobility
Ado About Nothing, Much
Advancement of Learning
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The
Adventures of Ideas
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The
Advice to a Young Poet, A Letter of
Aeneid, The
Affections, Treatise Concerning Religious
African War, The
After the Ball
Against Apion
Agonistes, Samson
Aids to Reflection
Aims of Education and Other Essays, The
Air, Treatises on the Equilibrium of Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the
Airs, Waters, and Places; On
Alexandrian War, The
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alienated Labor
All's Well That Ends Well
Amatoria, Ars
Ambassadors, The
America, Democracy in
American, The
American Scene, The
American Tragedy, An
Amicitia, Laelius de
Amontillado, The Cask of
Amoris, Remedia
Analects (Confucius)
Analysis of the Ego, Group Psychology and the
Analysis of Mind, The
Analytical Theory of Heat
Analytics, Posterior
Analytics, Prior
Ancient Mariner, Rime of the
Ancient Medicine, On
Andrews, Joseph
Andromache (Euripides)
Andromache (Racine)
Andronicus, Titus
Angler, The Compleat
Animal Faith, Skepticism and
Animal Farm
Animals, On the Gait of
Animals, On the Generation of (Aristotle)
Animals, On the Generation of (Harvey)
Animals, The History of
Animals, On the Motion of
Animals, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in
Animals, On the Parts of
Anna Karenina
Annals (Tacitus)
Anti-Federalist Papers
Antiquities of the Jews
Antony, Life of
Antony and Cleopatra
Anxiety; Inhibitions, Symptoms, and
Aphorisms (Hippocrates)
Apion, Against
Apprenticeship, Wilhelm Meister's
Apology (Plato)
Apology (Tertullian)
Apology (Xenophon)

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