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November, 1998

The Internet Classics Archive

The Internet Classics Archive offers 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation. The Archive is searchable, and includes a list of links to other resources.

The site has few graphics, but is easy to read. Some areas of the site use frames.

The site has a limited navigational bar at the tops of the pages. An interesting feature is a cookie that kicks out a reminder message of the last text that was accessed. The cookie stays with your browser and gives a message every time you return to the site. The site is well organized for browsing and offers both simple- and advanced-search options.

The Internet Classics Archive is an excellent source for classical literature. The Greco-Roman section is extensive and seems to be growing all the time. The Asian section is much smaller, but offers some important selections. Click on the author to see what titles are available. Each title in the archive has a discussion and links section submitted by users. Those sections are the most developed under the more popular works such as the The Aeneid by Virgil or The Republic by Plato. Check out the trivia question of the week, but you might have to do some research to answer it!