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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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Arabian Nights, 1001
Archipelago, The Gulag
Areopagitica
Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, An
Aristotle for Everybody
Arithmetic, Introduction to
Arithmetical Triangle, Treatise on the
Arms, A Farewell to
Arms and the Man
Arnauld, Correspondence with
Around the World in Eighty Days
Ars Amatoria
Ars Poetica
Art, On Poesy or
Art?; What is
Art of Beauty, The
Art as Experience
Art of Love, The
Art of Poetry, The
Art and Scholasticism
Art of War, The
Arthur, Le Morte d'
Articles of Confederation
Articulations, On the
Artist, A Hunger
Artist as a Young Man, A Portrait of the
Arts, Especially Medicine; Exhortation to the Study of the
As You Like It
Ascent of Mt. Carmel, The
Ascent of Mt. Ventoux
Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of
Astronomy, Epitome of Copernican
Athenian Constitution, The (Aristotle)
Athens, Timon of
Atlantis, New
Atlas Shrugged
Attack Upon Christendom, The
Aulis, Iphigenia at
Autobiography (Darwin)
Autobiography (Franklin)
Autobiography (Gibbon)
Autobiography (Josephus)
Autobiography (Mill)
Autobiography, Scientific (Planck)
Babylonian Captivity of the Church, The
Bacchae, The
Badge of Courage, The Red
Ball, After the
Ballads (Stevenson)
Ballads (Thackeray)
Ballads, Lyrical
Barbara, Major
Barn Burning
Battle of the Books
Bead Game, The Glass
Beagle, The Voyage of the
Beast in the Jungle, The
Beautiful, On the Sublime and
Beauty, The Art of
Bede, Adam
Being Earnest, The Importance of
Being and Nothingness
Bell Tolls, For Whom the
Benedict, The Rule of St.
Beowulf
Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Bhagavad-Gita
Bible, The Holy
Billy Budd
Biographia Literaria
Birds, The
Birmingham Jail, Letter from
Birth of Tragedy, The
Black, The Red and the
Black Monk, The
Black Sea, Letters from the
Bleak House
Blood, On the Circulation of the
Blood in Animals, On the Motion of the Heart and
Bodies, On Floating
Bodies, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly
Bondage of the Will, Concerning the
Book; How to Read a
Book of Common Prayer, The
Book of Five Rings, The
Book of Prognostics, The
Books, Battle of the
Bostonians, The
Bovary, Madame
Brave New World
Breathing; On Youth and Old Age, On Life and Death, On
Breeding, Treatise on Good Manners and Good
Brigade, The Charge of the Light
Brinker or the Silver Skates, Hans
Britannicus
Brothers, Joseph and his
Brothers Karamazov, The
Budd, Billy
Builder, The Master
Burnt Njal, The Saga of
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