Using the RIAo Corpus

This page explains how to browse and search the RIAo Corpus, as well as how to use the associated glossaries. Unless otherwise noted, the compositions transliterated and translated for 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 RIAo for the first time. If your browser has problems displaying the special transliteration characters such as Š and š (Shin), Ṣ and ṣ (Sade), and Ṭ and ṭ (Tet), then you may want to download Steve Tinney's Ungkam font [] for Mac, Windows, or Linux. If you're still having trouble viewing these characters, then you'll 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, "Nabopolassar 01" or "Neriglissar 09." The pager also lists the text's Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia (Assyrian Periods) 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 RIAo assigned designation of the composite text.


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


[There are currently no other views available.]


object type;


At present, in this RIAo sub-corpus, you can restrict catalogue (CAT) searches to the following fields by entering the field name followed by a colon and then what you are searching for, with no space between:

Catalogue searches are not case sensitive.


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 RIAo glossaries, please read the Oracc user documentation on glossaries [].

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Using the RIAo Corpus', The Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo) Project, The RIAo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2016 []

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