Polytonic Greek Unicode fonts

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If you see a row of eight accented Greek characters on the left which are similar to the ones on the right (not necessarily the same font), then you already have a Unicode polytonic Greek font installed and your computer should be ready to read (but not necessarily to write) polytonic Greek texts.

ἀ έ ῃ ϊ ὸ ῥ ϋ ᾧ      


If you see some boxes amongst the characters, then you need to download and install a polytonic Greek Unicode font. This will enable you to read not only the basic Greek characters, but all the combinations of accents and breathings which are used with ancient Greek.

Polytonic Greek Unicode fonts

Note - as of the time I write this, the Elpenor site has suffered a breakdown. Although the main pages are intact, they do not link to download pages, so few of the fonts can be downloaded from their site until the breakdown has been repaired.

I prefer Greek fonts which use a circumflex rather than a tilde for the circumflex accent, a lunate epsilon, and a theta written with a horizontal line

Utilities for working with Unicode fonts

  • Texts and Tools - BiblicalGreek.org
  • Unicode Keyboards - instructions for installing Greek keyboards including the Microsoft Greek keyboard, and keyboard maps - BiblicalGreek.org
  • Antioch - Ralph Hancock. Downloadable program to type in Unicode. Registered users of Antioch also gain access to eight other polytonic fonts
  • BabelPad - text editor
  • Keyman - I haven't tried this one yet
    Keyman - another site
  • MultiKey - Elpenor site - for writing polytonic Greek
    MultiKey - freeware program for writing polytonic Greek. On my computer, with Windows 98 and Word 97 it runs OK for a while and then crashes the system. Then I have to close everything out and start again. Save frequently. The package comes with the font Aisa Unicode - don't use this font. It doesn't work with other Unicode fonts
  • Sibylla - for entering Greek polytonic characters
  • Type of Scholars - downloadable program to type in Unicode
  • Unitype - free demo for typing Unicode in Microsoft XP/2000
  • Text Editing Programs - STOA
  • WYSIWYG web editors - STOA
  • Word Processors for Unicode - STOA
  • Unicode Keyboards - BiblicalGreek.org - instructions for installing Greek keyboards including the Microsoft Greek keyboard and keyboard maps
  • Greek Unicode HTM page - Online utility for typing in Greek Unicode.
    To get a copy on your own computer, right click on the page "view source" and copy and save it as an HTML page that you can run from your desktop rather than going online
  • Greek Unicode HTM page Instructional page
  • Greek Unicode Converter - to convert text written in some non-Unicode fonts into Unicode, for free
  • Symbol Font to Unicode Converter - to convert text written in symbol font into Unicode, for free
  • HRI converter scripts - links to converter scripts to convert fonts to various Unicode formats
  • Elot928 gibberish converter - to turn illegible elot 928 Greek fonts into ASCII format
  • Elot928 reverse converter
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