A Renaissance bestseller is
now available on this site: The Courtier of Baldassare
Castiglione, translated from the Italian by Sir Thomas
Hoby in 1561. Also, I have revised "Why Stoics?" to explain why Cicero
and Seneca dominated Renaissance ethics rather than Epictetus and
MarcusAurelius, whose Stoicism differs considerably from that of
Cicero and Seneca.
October 25, 2001
The reason for the improved look and feel of this website is the excellent
work done by Karin Evans, Ph.D.,
and her associates Jill McKenna
and Kelly McCormack, who have
copyedited the text, made some formatting changes, and improved navigation
links. They have not yet done the book texts (see
disclaimer). I am sure that
visitors will find the site cleaner and easier to use.
June 9th, 2000
Spenser's Faerie Queene (1596), Sidney's
Hall's Characters are now available from the
page. At long last I have finished automating all the indexes of the books
now on-line and converting all texts to strict HTML protocol, so that they
will expand or shrink to the size of your window.
January 20th, 2000
By special request, James I's Basilikon
Doron (A King's Gift), is now available.
December 15th, 1999
We inaugurate the third millennium by exploiting the hypertext medium
to the fullest extent. The fastest and surest way of finding out what a
text has to offer is to follow its hyperlinks into the farthest recesses
of its anatomy. To that end we are linking our indexes to the text locations
to which they refer. The first book to be so electrified is Cicero's De
Officiis, now ready for inspection. The rest of the books should
follow in fairly quick succession, by virtue of a program I have written
that can link 200 index entries to a text in three minutes. Maybe
you can use this program!
August 23rd, 1999
We are now installing Montaigne's Essays
in three volumes. In his own time, Montaigne was known as "the French Seneca,"
a fact abundantly confirmed by my indexes
to Seneca and Montaigne.
July 15, 1999
Now available on the Books page is Thomas Elyot's
of the Governour, the primary English vernacular manual of virtues
desirable in persons who hold positions of authority in government. Published
The contents of the first four volumes of Lives
of the Noble Greeks and Romans, in Thomas North's famous translation
(1579), are now available. The fourth volume is in John Dryden's translation
(1683-1686), which sets forth Plutarch in a more modern vocabulary and
is derived from a better Greek text, unavailable to North. Unfortunately,
macular degeneration, a form of partial blindness, has interfered with
my optical scanning process, so that further volumes of North's Plutarch
are indefinitely postponed. Elyot, Montaigne, and the rest of the books
promised on the home page escaped the macular curse and will become available
in the coming months.
We have now added Source, Table of Contents, and Index information
to the items on the Books page so
that you can inspect these particulars before deciding which book to
Users who were dismayed by the numerous typos
(thanks very much for alerting me) will be glad to know that we
think we have rooted most of them out. I will be very grateful to
hear about any errors of any kind that we may have committed. The
fact is that my eyes went bad a few months ago (macular
degeneration) so that I am more error-prone than I like to be. Thank
goodness the books and articles on the site were produced before my
eyes went bad.
This page last updated February 24,