Using the "Babylon 8" Corpus

This page explains how to browse and search the "Babylon 8" Corpus, as well as how to use the associated glossaries. Unless otherwise noted, transliterations and translations of the texts in the corpus have been prepared by members of the OIMEA Project. They are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

You may find it helpful to read the Oracc user documentation [] before you start to explore RIBo for the first time. If your browser has problems displaying the special transliteration characters such as Š and š (Shin), Ṣ and ṣ (Tsade), and Ṭ and ṭ (Tet), then you may want to download Steve Tinney's Ungkam font [] for Mac, Windows, or Linux. If you are still having trouble viewing these characters, then you will need to correctly set the character encoding on your browser.

Page View (corpus browser)

All of the texts in the corpus are regarded as composites, even if they are known only from a single source/exemplar. Therefore, the inscriptions included in this sub-project are listed by the ruler's name followed by a number designation; for example, "Cyrus II 01." The pager also lists each text's modern designation, (assumed) provenance, and material support.

Item View (single tablets or composite texts)

The Item View shows the transliteration and translation of a composite text. Place the cursor over any word of the transliteration to see its outline glossary entry, and click on the word to go to its full glossary entry.

The left-hand sidebar gives the following information:


The RIBo-assigned designation of the composite text.


The Oracc Qcat [] catalogue number (Q+unique six-digit identifier);
The RIBo-assigned designation of the composite text.


[There are currently no other views available.]


object type


Because there are only three texts included in this RIBo sub-corpus, there is no need to perform a catalogue (CAT) search and, therefore, no information is included here about searching the catalogue.


When you print a page, either in Page View or in Item View, the left-hand sidebar containing the search box and catalogue data is omitted.


For help with using the RIBo glossaries, please read the Oracc user documentation on glossaries [].

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Using the "Babylon 8" Corpus', RIBo, Babylon 8: The Inscriptions of Cyrus II and His Successors, The RIBo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2016 []

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