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A Greek typeface inspired by Alexander Wilson


Alexander is a text typeface built around the Greek letters originally designed by Alexander Wilson (1714-1786), a Scottish doctor, astronomer, and typefounder, who had established a typefoundry in Glasgow in 1744. The type was especially designed for an edition of Homer, published in 1756-8 by Andrew and Robert Foulis, printers to the University of Glasgow. A modern revival, Wilson Greek, was designed by Matthew Carter in 1995. Peter S. Baker is also using Wilson’s Greek type in his Junicode font for medieval scholars (2006-7).

The present font covers the Windows Glyph List (WGL4), IPA Extensions, Greek Extended, various typographical extras, Ancient Greek Numbers, Archaic Greek Musical Notation, Open Type features, et al. Latin and Cyrillic are based on a Garamond typeface.

It was created by George Douros


Homepage Format & features License Review reference Koji page pkgdb page
Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts OFL Free to use, modify and distribute


  1. It'd be mighty nice to convince the author to add his licensing info in the zip (as a detached txt file, in the pdf, in the font metadata)
  2. PDF is nice doc but needs to be compressed or even split in a -doc subpackage

Additional information

Needed to complete our Unicode coverage. Plus, the fonts are very nice.

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