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