Old Italic Unicode Fonts

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Introduction

The Old Italic Unicode block unifies several related alphabets that were used historically (700-1 BCE) on the Italian peninsula. The alphabets include archaic Etruscan (7th-5th centuries BCE), neo- and late-Etruscan (4th-1st centuries BCE), Faliscan, Messapic, Middle Adriatic, Oscan, North Picene, South Picene, and Umbrian. Language-specific fonts must be used in order to get the right alphabet. Also, writing direction (right-to-left, left-to-right, or boustrophedon) varies based on the language and even the time period. For simplicity most scholars use left-to-right and this is the Unicode default direction for the Old Italic block.

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Old Italic font Aegean    [ show all samples ]  (Aegean.otf)
Source: Free download from George Douros's 'Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts' page.
Stats: Version 1.01 has 3,578 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cypriot Syllabary, Greek, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, Ugaritic, Private Use Area (Lycian, Carian, Linear A, Lydian, Anatolian/Luvian Hieroglyphs, Cypro-Minoan, Cretan Hieroglyphs, others)
OpenType Layout Tables: Greek, Latin
Sample of ALPHABETUM Unicode at 24pt ALPHABETUM Unicode    [ show all samples ]  (ALPHABETUM v.9.00.ttf)
Note: Excellent font for linguistics and ancient languages.
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Source: Shareware ($15) from Juan José Marcos.
Stats: Version 9.0 Feb 2007 has 5,515 glyphs and 220 kerning pairs
Support: Coptic, Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Gothic, Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Glagolitic, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana only), Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Ogham, Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, Runic, Ugaritic, Private Use Area (Iberic & Celtiberic, additional Old Italic glyphs, Old & Medieval Latin)
Sample of Cardo at 24pt Cardo    [ show all samples ]  (Cardo98s.ttf from cardo98.zip)
Note: Cardo is "designed for the needs of classicists, Biblical scholars, medievalists, and linguists".
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Source: Free download from the Fonts for Scholars site.
Stats: Version .98 has 2,882 glyphs and 216 kerning pairs
Support: Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters plus ancient Greek numbers and musical notation), Hebrew, IPA, Latin, Old Italic, Vietnamese
OpenType Layout Tables: Greek, Hebrew, Latin
Sample of Code2001 at 26pt Code2001    [ show all samples ]  (code2001.ttf)
Source: Free download from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 0.917 has 2,944 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cirth, Cypriot Syllabary, Deseret, Gothic, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Shavian, Tengwar, Ugaritic
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of MPH 2B Damase at 26pt MPH 2B Damase    [ show all samples ]  (damase_v.2.ttf from damase_v.2.zip)
Source: Free download locally.
Stats: Version 001.000 / 002.000 has 2,896 glyphs and 192 kerning pairs
Support: Armenian, Cherokee, Coptic (Bohairic subset), Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic (Russian and other Slavic languages), Deseret, Georgian (Asomtavruli and Nuskhuri but no Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek (including Coptic characters), Hebrew, Latin, Limbu, Linear B (partial coverage of ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Phoenician, Shavian, Syloti Nagri (no conjuncts), Tai Le (no combining tone marks), Thaana, Tifinagh, Ugaritic, Vietnamese
 

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This page was last updated on 2007-06-23