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There was a time when the Phoenicians became a leading trade power. Their fleets coming from what is now Lebanon carried not only goods, but also their writing system. This in turn, became the foundation of the Greek alphabet.
The Greek alphabet was one of the first systems where letters represented sounds, as opposed to ideogramic systems (characters that symbolize an idea without telling the sounds used to say it, i.e. numerals).
They adapted the Phoenician writing system and made further innovations to suit their needs (such as words that start with vowels, which are not found in the Phoenician system). Its direct approach gave away how a word is supposed to be said, and did away with a reader needing to figure out what a set of symbols is trying to say.
The Greek alphabet’s success then became the model of other writing systems, such as Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.
Inspired by history? Here is a list of Greek and Greek-based fonts for your collection.
1. Millennium Blackletter Typeface
Headfonts created this gem by fusing Gothic culture and monoline illustrations, giving any project a vintage feel.
2. Favarotta Family
Named after a Medieval-era settlement, Eurotypo chose a style close to what is seen on Italian print books of the period.
3. LordRat AOE
This Astigmatic product gives a project an offbeat, paper-cut look through bold and quick lines.
4. 1431 Humane Niccoli
GLC Foundry developed this font based on the lettering found in later works on an acclaimed Italian calligrapher.
Type Fleet made this font with capturing the essence of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace in mind.
6. Fnord Roman Collection
Sleek curves and long lines make this Goode Photography font great for titles, headlines, logos, and brands.
7. Artica Pro Family
Greentype offers this classic Roman-inspired font in five weights.
Rosario Nocera packages 7 weights from extra light to extra bold with matching italics.
9. Marcellus Pro
From Siggy & Sands, this font takes inspiration from classic Roman letterforms through the Trajan titling style.
10. 1525 Durer Initials OTF
This font from GLC Foundry is based on the lettering found in Albrecht Dürer’s handbook of drawing with compass and ruler.
11. Mussica OT
Corradine Fonts’ hybrid font takes on classical curves and strokes while keeping a smooth, modern look.
12. Imperija Roman
LM Typeface creates this display font drawing inspiration from stone-engraved lettering found in Slovenia.
13. Anko Regular
You can get an 8-weight font package made with smooth strokes, moderate stem contrasts, and soft edges from this Eko Blamantara typeface.
For titles and headlines that require a First Century Roman touch, this GOICHA product fills that need.
From the lettering used in the titling of the 1962 film “The Guns of Navarone”, this all-capitals typeface takes on a classic Roman feel.
Radiqx Press’ version on a 1929 font designed by Carl Albert Fahrenwaldt is a lighter approach from the original while keeping the classic look.
17. Democrazia Volume
URW draws inspiration from the Democracy of Athens to create a delicate, yet firm-looking font.
Nomad Visuals presents a font with a lyrical feel that gives a traditional Greek touch.
From Peggo Fonts foundry, this font follows the classical pattern used at Trajan’s Column.
20. Antiquarian Scribe
Three Islands Press recreates an uncommon hand-lettering style found in Henri Abraham Chatelain’s atlas released between 1705 and 1732.
This all-caps font from Allen Valley comes in thee variations inspired by the Greek alphabet.
22. Ancient English Creative Alphabet
ExpressShop presents a font based on old Greek designs.
23. Stoa Caps
This all-caps typeface from Lettering Garage is patterned after stone wall engravings and Stoicism.
24. Rojenstone Font
This timeless Roman serif font from pixaroma is effective with vintage and modern luxury projects.
Zetafonts presents a hybrid typeface that combines classical Latin and medieval Gothic lettering.
26. Pagkaki Greek Font
This product from Nantia gives you an all-caps font that works great with projects that need the classical, artistic touch.
27. GNF-Olympian Font
George Nikolaidis presents an all-caps font that supports both English and Greek.
28. Petit Nuage Signature Font
If you’re into projects that prefer a classic, handwritten feel, trust that this font will get it done.
29. Greek Font
From Cat Made Pattern, this font will give your project that ancient Greek vibe.
This typeface supports Latin and Greek characters if your project needs a smooth, handwritten look.
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