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A font based on "Grecs du roi" and the "First Folio Edition of Shakespeare"


Greek letters are based on "Grecs du roi" designed by Claude Garamond (1480-1561) between 1541 and 1544, commissioned by king Francis I of France, for the exclusive use by the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris. Mindaugas Strockis prepared a modern version of "Grecs du roi" in 2001.

Latin letters have been digitized directly out of the titles and front pages of the 1623 "First Folio Edition of Shakespeare". Scott Mann and Peter Guither prepared a modern version of the font for "The Illinois Shakespeare Festival" in 1995.

The font covers the Windows Glyph List, IPA Extensions, Greek Extended, Ancient Greek Numbers, Byzantine and Ancient Greek Musical Notation, various typographic extras and several Open Type features (Case-Sensitive Forms, Small Capitals, Subscript, Superscript, Numerators, Denominators, Fractions, Old Style Figures, Historical Forms, Stylistic Alternates, Ligatures).

It was created by George Douros.


Homepage Format & features License Review reference Koji page pkgdb page
Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts; Textfonts TTF Public Domain 1228865 gdouros-anaktoria-fonts gdouros-anaktoria-fonts

Style Faces Scripts
Sans Serif Other R B I BI Other Latin Greek Cyrillic Other
Variable Monospace Variable Monospace


  1. Anaktoria is packaged upstream along with Aroania, Asea, Avdira and Alexander as a unit or family called "TextFonts". Perhaps we should consider a name change in the future.
  2. fontlint finds a few errors, but most likely that is due to the program not being up to speed with Unicode 7.x and to some features of the font.
  3. The font covers Cyrillic by 41.41% (as reported by unicover).

Additional information

There is a character repertoire preview of Anaktoria (and the other TextFonts fonts) at the project's homepage [1].

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