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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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Habits and Will
Hades, Discourse to the Greeks Concerning
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Hammurabi's Code
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates
Hard Times
Harmonies of the World, Concerning the
Head, On Injuries of the
Heart, A Simple
Heart, The Tell-Tale
Heart and Blood in Animals, On the Motion of the
Heart of Darkness
Heartbreak House
Heat, Analytical Theory of
Heavenly Spheres, On the Revolutions of the
Heavens, On the
Hebrides, Journal of a Tour to the
Hecuba
Hedda Gabler
Heights, Wuthering
Helen
Heloise, Letters of Abelard and
Hemorrhoids, On
Henry Adams, The Education of
Henry the Fourth, The First Part of King
Henry the Fourth, The Second Part of King
Henry the Fifth, King
Henry the Sixth, The First Part of King
Henry the Sixth, The Second Part of King
Henry the Sixth, The Third Part of King
Henry the Eighth, King
Heracleidae, The
Heracles
Heracles, Shield of
Herbert, The Life of Mr. George
Heredity and its Variability
Hermas, The Shepherd of
Herodias
Herodotus, Letter to
Heroides
Himself, The Doctor in Spite of
Hints Towards an Essay on Conversation
Hippolytus
Histories (Herodotus)
Histories (Tacitus)
History, Ecclesiastical
History, Lectures on the Philosophy of
History, A Study of
History, The True
History, The Way to Write
History of Animals, The
History of a Candle, Chemical
History of the English-Speaking Peoples
History of the Peloponnesian War
History of the Persian War
History of Rome
Hobbit, The
Hospitator, The Legend of Saint Julian
Hostel, The Destruction of Dá Derga's
House, Bleak
House, A Doll's
House, Heartbreak
House of the Seven Gables, The
House of Usher, The Fall of the
How to Read a Book
How We Think
Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of
Human Knowledge, The Principles of
Human Knowledge, Its Scope and Limits
Human Nature, A Treatise of
Human Understanding, Essay Concerning (Locke)
Human Understanding, New Essays Concerning (Leibniz)
Human Understanding, An Inquiry Concerning
Human Wishes, The Vanity of
Humanism, True
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The
Hunger Artist, A
Hunting of the Snark, The
Hunting Song, A
Hyde, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hymn, The Secular
Hypochondriac, The
Hypothesis, Science and
Hysteria, Selected Papers on
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