Several of the fonts below were obtained from
,a Russian-English website with a focus on academic theological
studies. (As of 2004-01-22, this site was shut down by hackers.
Hopefully, it will be back up very soon.)
I just discovered that I accidentally
posted a commercial font, Graeca, copyrighted by Phil Payne of
That font has now been deleted. Anyone who has downloaded "graeca.zip"
from me should delete the zip file and the font (if they installed
it). Phil emailed me to point out the error, and in return I should
inform you of his web site, which produces some interesting font sets.
Some special ones of interest are:
- Graeca II
and Hebraica II - one Greek and one Hebrew TrueType font at
student prices ($39.95)
- LaserGreek - a
set of 9 Greek fonts in TrueType and ATM formats. See what they look
- The NT MSS
font collection - a set of 16 fonts that mimic nearly
identically the manuscript style of the most ancient NT manuscripts.
Must be seen
to be appreciated ($99.95–$249.95).
Other fonts I have removed from this site
after discovering they were commercial sofware are:
- greek.zip and greekpar.zip (were commercial
- hel_cour.zip and hel_fun.zip (were English
fonts, not Greek!)
- greekofa.zip, greekofa_up.zip, and
greekofc.zip (formerly issued separately as shareware;
now not to be distributed apart from "Son of WinGreek",
- sfonts11.zip (an earlier shareware version of the
Silver Mountain fonts, now released as sfonts20.exe)
The following fonts will not cost you a penny to download, install,
and use for whatever purpose you intend, except that you may not sell
it or claim that you wrote it. Sometimes the fonts are free under
certain terms (e.g., the instructions must always accompany the font).
Please note that a font may be copyrighted, yet still be released by
for public use.
- If you bought the textbook, Basics of Biblical Greek, it
came with similar TrueType Greek font called "Mounce." However, the
Mounce font had a restricted license (from Zondervan), meaning that
you couldn't give it away. So Teknia's founder, Bill Mounce, made a
new font, TekniaGreek, which "is absolutely free without any
restrictions" (direct quote). He also improved the font, so that
typists can use the very same key commands on both Mac and Windows
computers. Also, if you use Microsoft Word, this font won't collide
with Word's smartquotes (which happens with the
commercial GramCord font).
SIL Greek Font System
- actually, a collection of 6 fonts from the Summer Institute of
Linguistics. Contains Biblical Greek fonts (Regular and Bold), a
collection of rarely used linguistic characters (Regular and Bold),
plus a special Transliteration font of the English alphabet with
diacritical marks and accents (Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold
SIL Greek Unicode Fonts
- major package of the Galatia SIL Greek Unicode fonts, "encoded
according to Unicode 3.1" for "Latin-1, Greek (excluding Coptic),
Macintosh character set (US Roman), and 850WE/Latin 1, and are
supplied in Regular and Bold weights," plus additional material.
Available "at no charge," but you cannot use this font as the basis
for making other fonts or sell this package to others.
Textual apparatus characters
- if you have seen the signs and special characters used in the
textual apparatus of the UBS Greek New Testament or the
Novum Testamentum Graece
you will know that these symbols and sigla are fairly hard to
locate. These fonts will let you access the same symbols as used in
the 27th edition of Nestle-Aland. Enjoy!
In the following entries, the KB size in
parenthesis is the size of the ZIP file, not the size of the font. In
a number of cases, there is no copyright information or name of the
font's creator/owner embedded in the font-file, nor any available
documentation. I have indiated this where possible.
- Ancient Greek (57 KB).
GREEK.TTF, Greek, ver 1.000, © 1993 by Peter J.
Gentry and Andrew M. Fountain. Requires this keyboard utility:
KeyMan32 (381 KB)
- BSTGreek (16 KB).
Bstgreek.ttf, © 1998 by Media
Management. Public domain.
- GreekFP (16KB).
greekfp.ttf, ver. 1.00. No copyright
designation, no documentation.
- HW Greek (15 KB).
hwgreek.ttf, ver 1.0, 9 July 1997.
No copyright information, no documentation. Seems designed to
look like "hand-written" Greek.
- Ismini Regular (86 KB).
Ismini Type1, Type3, and TrueType Greek font for PCs.
ISMINI__.TTF, by N. Goulandris, 1986-1993. No
copyright designation, no documentation.
- Koine Medium (17 KB)
koinm___.ttf. No copyright information, no
The following fonts are free for non-profit or educational use
only. If you use the fonts for any commercial purpose whatsoever, you
have to pay the author a licensing fee. Sometimes there are additional
or different restrictions. Details are inside each zip file.
Galilee Greek Font
- available in Unicode and non-Unicode versions, regular, bold and
italic faces. TrueType sans serif font. Web page says this font
"freely available for non-commercial, academic purposes", with the
explanation that "I consider 'non-commercial' to include publishing
of printed material so long as it does not profit because of the use
of the Galilee font per se." (See the web page for additional terms
Scholars Press fonts
- eight fonts available (3 Hebrew, 2 Greek, plus Syriac Estrangela,
Coptic, and a transliteration font), in TrueType for either
Macintosh or Windows. The Greek ones are SPIonic ("a more complete
Greek font") and SPDoric ("a simpler uncial font"). They may be
used for any non-commercial purpose and "also may be used in
printed material," but if they are used "in a commercial electronic
product (online, CD-ROM, etc.)", then the user "must get permission
from Jimmy Adair, the copyright holder, prior to use."
- SP Ionic (17 KB; ttf) - Scholars
Press (above) recommends this one as the standard Greek font
- SP Doric (9 KB; ttf) - a simple
uncial script from Scholars Press (above)
- Athenian (22 KB).
ATHENIAN.TTF, Athenian, © 1991 by American
Philological Association; designed by Jeffrey Rusten. This font is
free for display only; but if you want to type accented Greek
characters, you must purchase a Greekkeys utility from
Scholar's Press Software ($50).
- a pleasant, free italic font for Koine Greek. This is at least
available for free use in display, but the web page doesn't give
any other data on licensing or limits. Has no diacritics and says
© Zondervan, 1992, so I'd use it only for viewing articles from
the LeadershipU web page.
The following fonts are distributed as "shareware", usually with a
limitation that you may use them legally for 30 days without
registration. After that, you must either purchase them for a fee or
else delete them from your computer.
Son of WinGreek
- This page will download 2 different .EXE files, one for Windows
9x/NT/2000 and another for Windows 3.x/9x (yes, either version will
work with Win95 or Win98). It will install Greek Old Face by
Ralph Hancock in both Type1 and TrueType versions, using a Windows
installer and a special keyboard mapping utility that runs under
Microsoft Word. The documentation asks that the Greek Old
Face fonts, which Mr Hancock formerly distributed as shareware
for $20, not be distributed separately any more. US$28 is requested;
additional fonts are available after the registration fee is
- Milan Greek (112 KB)
- milan.ttf, ver. 1.0, © 1996 by
asking a fee of US$20.
- Korinthus (71 KB) -
Contains both Normal and Italic TrueType fonts in classical Greek.
The accompanying documentation says, "The designer would be
touchingly grateful if you could see your way to pay a small
shareware fee for" the font. An amount of US$19 is strongly
encouraged but not absolutely required.
Silver Mountain fonts
- Basic Hebrew and Greek TrueType fonts. Contains a Windows installer.
Font sgreek ver 2.0 now works with Word 97. $20
- Symbol MW (603 KB)
- This archive contains free (public domain) Hebrew and chemical
symbol fonts, plus shareware fonts in Greek, English, and warning
symbols. He says shareware "means that you are allowed to test
them, but you have to pay if you want to use them." The Greek
fonts are available in regular, bold, italic, and bold italic for
Here are some links to commercial font vendors. You have to pay a
licensing fee for these fonts, regardless of how they're used.
Software - see extended description, above.
fonts - 5 fonts (2 Greek, 1 Hebrew, 2 transliteration) which are
free for display of Greek text while using a web browser only;
all users pay a $39.95 licensing fee to Galaxie Software.
- in various paleo-Hebrew and Greek fonts, and
in Egyptian, Sumerian, and Assyrian.
with a variety of classical Greek typing systems and font packs.
- Download a font to your PC
- Unzip the compressed ZIP file with your preferred
- Go to the Start button, choose Settings -> Control
- Click the Fonts icon. Drag the font that you unzipped into the Fonts
folder. If necessary, restart Netscape or Internet Explorer. That's it!
Computers and Writing Systems
- A metapage put together by SIL, with many articles on encoding
- A typeface family that is "freely available and may be used by
anyone at no cost"; supports "a wide range of Latin-based
alphabets," including Greek, archaic Greek symbols, and other
characters. A project in continuous development.
Fonts for Scholars
- Latin, Germanic languages, Greek, Hebrew, other linguistics
Dr. Berlins Foreign Font Archive
- Properly listed as "The Foreign Language Font
Archive for Windows".
to Dr. Berlin's Greek fonts
Foreign fonts for Windows
- Another vendor with many, many links to information on fonts in other languages
- Some of these fonts may be free or shareware. I haven't tried
to download any from this page.