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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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Tracate on Education
Trachiniae, The
Trachis, The Women of
Tragedy, An American
Tragedy, The Birth of
Traits, English
Travels, Gulliver's
Treasure Island
Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle
Treatise on Good Manners and Good Breeding
Treatise on Government, Second
Treatise of Human Nature, A
Treatise on Light
Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
Treatise on the Vacuum, Preface to the
Treatises, Scientific (Pascal)
Treatises on the Equilibrium of Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the Air
Treatises on Government, Two
Trembling, Fear and
Trial, The
Trial, Civilization on
Triangle, Treatise on the Arithmetical
Trinity, On the
Tristam Shandy
Tristia
Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare)
Troilus and Criseyde (Chaucer)
Trojan Women, The
True History, The
True Humanism
Truth, An Inquiry into Meaning and
Truth, Poetry and
Truth of Intercourse
Tub, A Tale of a
Turn of the Screw, The
Twelfth Night (or, What You Will)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Twenty-Three Tales
Twilight of the Idols
Twist, Oliver
Two Cities, A Tale of
Two Gentlemen of Verona, The
Two New Sciences, Dialogues Concerning
Two Sources of Morality and Religion, The
Two Treatises on Government
Tyrannus, Oedipus
Ulcers, On
Ulysses
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Vanya
Unconscious, The
Underground, Notes from
Understanding, On the Conduct of the
Understanding, Essay Concerning Human (Locke)
Understanding, An Inquiry Concerning Human (Hume)
Understanding, New Essays Concerning Human (Leibniz)
United States, Constitution of the
Unknowing, The Cloud of
Upanishads, The
Usher, The Fall of the House of
Utilitarianism
Utopia
Vacuum, New Experiments Concerning the
Vacuum, Preface to the Treatise on the
Value, Price, and Profit
Vanity Fair
Vanity of Human Wishes, The
Vanya, Uncle
Variability, Heredity and its
Varieties of Religious Experience, The
Vedas, The
Venice, The Merchant of
Ventoux, Ascent of Mt.
Verona, The Two Gentlemen of
Vicar, Profession of Faith of a Savoyard
Vices, Virtues and
Vicissitudes, Instincts and Their
Virtues, The
Virtues and Vices
Visions, A Conflict of
Volsungs and Niblungs, The Story of the
Voyage of the Beagle, The
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