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Major Site Redesign - Phase II In Progress

The rollout of the final part of Phase II is underway! Authors and their works will be separated into distinct pages, and each page will be able to have multiple tabs for presenting information. I'm currently planning to use "Works" for a list of an author's works, "Links" for links to etexts and Amazon.com copies of a particular work, "About" for very brief biographical information or summaries of works, and "Resources" for online or for-sale study guides and other helps.

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I will be moving additional pages and works to the new format as I have time. Currently the old and new formats exist side-by-side, so the links in the index lists will take you to the format corresponding to the author or work selected (trying to make sure I could roll this out one author at a time while keeping everything accessible from any page has been a major reason why the process has taken so long).

New pages from this point forward will mostly just have Works or Links tabs populated; once I get all of the authors and works moved to the new format, I will start working on adding "About" information and resource links.


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Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2000?-1400? BC)
The Vedas (c. 2000?-200 BC)
Code of Hammurabi (c. 1750 BC)
(Old Testament) (c. 1400?-300? BC)
Iliad (c. 850? BC)
Odyssey (c. 850? BC)
The Upanishads (c. 800?-400? BC)
Theogony (c. 700? BC)
The Works and Days (c. 700? BC)
The Spartan Creed (c. 650? BC)
The Ramayana (c. 600? BC)
Shield of Heracles (c. 580? BC)
The Mahabharata (c. 540-300 BC)
Analects (Confucius) (c. 500 BC)
The Art of War (c. 500?-220? BC)
Tao Te Ching (c. 500? BC)
Pythian Odes (c. 498-446 BC)
Olympian Odes (c. 488?-456? BC)
Nemean Odes (c. 485-444? BC)
Isthmian Odes (c. 480-454? BC)
Prometheus Bound (c. 478-430? BC)
The Persians (472 BC)
Seven Against Thebes (467 BC)
The Suppliant Maidens (Aeschylus) (463 BC)
Agamemnon (458 BC)
The Choephori (458 BC)
The Eumenides (458 BC)
The Oresteia (458 BC)
Rhesus (450 BC)
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