Unicode Classical Greek

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This page is not a guide to Unicode Classical Greek. It simply contains:

a) A utility for inputting small amounts of polytonic Greek in Unicode
b) Polytonic Unicode texts of the Greek New Testament and Septuagint
c) some links to further information

The Polytonic Greek Inputter is a small utility for producing polytonic Greek text with an ordinary keyboard, using a betacode-like input method. Paste your resulting text into Unicode-capable programs such as OpenOffice and MS Word. Save the utility as an html file for use offline. Tested with Mozilla Firefox and IE6. Should also work with Safari.

See also my related Unicode Inputter Page.

The "HTML Help" versions of the bible texts below should display with the Palatino Linotype font (supplied with versions of Windows).

Greek New Testament (HTML Help, 429 KB, right-click and Save Link)
pdf file (for Acrobat Reader, now with easier-to-read page format - 2,371 KB)

Septuagint (HTML Help, large file - 1.7 MB, right-click and Save Link)

[Note: The "HTML Help" files are compressed files designed for use on MS Windows. Right-click on the links and save. On Linux, try using KchmViewer, setting the codepage to UTF-8.]

For further information on Unicode, go to Alan Wood's Unicode Resources, amongst which you will find a large list of Unicode Fonts, including Polytonic Greek. See also the useful list of fonts at Unicode Polytonic Greek Fonts. Large Unicode fonts containing polytonic Greek include Titus Cyberbit Basic and the huge (23 MB) font Arial Unicode MS supplied with versions of MS Office.

See also Patrick Rourke's draft documents on Unicode Polytonic Greek for the Web and the GreekKeys site.

Keyboard add-ons for Microsoft Word include Ralph Hancock's Antioch (keyboard macros, format convertors, Vusillus font) and Stefan Hagel's MultiKey. Other keyboards using Tavultesoft Keyman are available from Lukas Pietsch.

Another (non-free) polytonic Greek inputter with several distinctive innovative features is Nigel Greenwood's HelleniCode.

To convert text from non-Unicode formats, you can use Sean Redmond's Greek Unicode Convertor.

Last update: 19 May 2012