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# Greek fonts and typing Greek

To write in Greek on a computer or other device you need

• A (unicode) Greek font
• A Greek keyboard that enables you to type conveniently

## 1. Greek Fonts

It is essential that you use a unicode font (the Greek characters in older non-unicode fonts are essentially little pictures, and cannot be read by other computers).
A modern Greek font is not sufficient, as it does not contain all accents and breathings needed for ancient Greek (or archaic letters such as digamma).

### Polytonic fonts for ancient Greek

Good, free fonts are readily available. Two of the best are

• Gentium -- an elegant all-purpose unicode font for ancient Greek
• New Athena Unicode -- less elegant, but contains more exotic specialist diacritics

For most purposes Gentium (basic) is recommended. New Athena Unicode is very useful if you need specialist symbols (e.g. for epigraphy, linguistics or papyrology).