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What is Libycus?

Libycus is an Open Source C++ programming library for accessing files in the format created by the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae and Packard Humanities Institute. It is not a program or application in itself, but is intended to be used as a component of a program or application for searching the TLG and PHI CD-ROMS. Developers who wish to use or contribute to Libycus can visit Libycus page at SourceForge

Is there any software that uses Libycus?

So far, there is one program: Ibygrep, a TLG/PHI command-line search tool for Windows.

Why is it called "Libycus"?

Libycus is named in honor of the Ibycus computer which provided many classicists their first view of the texts on the TLG and PHI CD-ROMS. The Ibycus played a brief but important role in Classics:

Originally, the only easy way to access, search, and excerpt material from the TLG disk was by means of the specially designed Ibycus computer. The Ibycus had grown up almost as a sibling to the electronic TLG. David Packard, a member of one of the founding families of the Hewlett-Packard computer company, is a classicist with a strong faculty for computer applications. He created the Ibycus computer as a machine dedicated specifically to working with classical languages, complete with a Greek/Roman alphabet wordprocessor and a text-search tool for the TLG built in. Because of the limited market for such a machine and the rapidly declining prices of other personal computers and multilingual wordprocessors, attention has shifted away from the Ibycus to more standardized computer tools. Classical Outlook 71.1 (1993): 21-24

The prefix lib- is commonly used to designate programming libraries

Sean Redmond