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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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