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CTAN Up­date: Phais­tos.otf

Date: July 1, 2008 3:13:24 PM CEST
On Fri, 27 Jun 2008, Apos­to­los Sy­ropou­los sub­mit­ted an up­date to the phais­tos pack­age. It is a A font that con­tains all the sym­bols of the fa­mous Disc of Phais­tos, to­gether with a LaTeX pack­age. The disc was ‘printed’ by stamp­ing the wet clay with some sort of punches, prob­a­bly around 1700 BCE. There are those who be­lieve that this Cre­tan script was used to ‘write’ Greek (it is known, for ex­am­ple, that the rather later Cre­tan Lin­ear B script was used to write Greek), but ar­gu­ments for other lan­guages have been pre­sented. Given that the disc is the only known ex­am­ple of the script, it seems un­likely that a de­ci­pher­ment will ever be con­firmed. Lo­ca­tion on CTAN: /fonts/ar­chaic/phais­tos Li­cense: lppl An­nounce­ment:
Now that the sym­bols of the Disk of Phais­tos are in­cluded in Uni­code, I have cre­ated an OpenType font from the Type 1 font that we had cre­ated some years ago.
Thanks for the up­load. For the CTAN Team Rainer Schöpf

ar­chaic – A col­lec­tion of ar­chaic fonts

The col­lec­tion con­tains fonts to rep­re­sent Ara­maic, Cypriot, Etr­uscan, Greek of the 6th and 4th cen­turies BCE, Egyp­tian hi­ero­glyph­ics, Lin­ear A, Lin­ear B, Na­batean old Per­sian, the Phais­tos disc, Phoeni­cian, proto-Semitic, runic, South Ara­bian Ugaritic and Vik­ing scripts.

The bun­dle also in­cludes a small font for use in pho­netic tran­scrip­tion of the ar­chaic writ­ings. The bun­dle's own di­rec­tory in­cludes a font in­stal­la­tion map file for the whole col­lec­tion.

Main­tainerApos­to­los Sy­ropou­los
Peter R. Wil­son
Uwe Zim­mer­mann



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