HelleniCode (Classical Greek)


No special keyboard needed—just start typing.
(But check that you have a font capable of displaying polytonic Greek: eg Ἀθηναῖοι = Athenaioi)

HelleniCode (Hellenic UniCode) is a system for rapid input of polytonic Classical Greek with a Latin-script keyboard using current versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Netscape (unfortunately, for technical reasons it will not work with Netscape 4).

[See also our GScript software for typing Modern (Demotic) Greek.]

HelleniCode is much more than just a simple keyboarding tool: it incorporates the key fundamental features of the Greek language itself to make typing easier, faster and error-free.

Please note that HelleniCode is not a word-processing package: its purpose is to speed up the process of typing an initial draft, which can then be pasted into Word for further editing and formatting.

If your browser does not display the word Ἀθηναῖοι (Athenaioi) correctly, you will need to download one of the following Unicode fonts:

  • Arial Unicode MS
  • Athena
  • Cardo
  • Code2000
  • Palatino Linotype
  • TITUS Cyberbit Basic
  • Vusillus Old Face
Fonts not yet downloaded? Then place your mouse cursor over any Greek word on this page to see an approximate transliteration.

Major HelleniCode features include:

  • a "feel" for the language: HelleniCode was developed by a team including classicists with a sound grasp of Ancient Greek.

  • alphabetical input of diacritics (accents, breathings, subscripts): eg Plaatwn for Πλάτων, kaih for καὶ, hikanwvs for ἱκανῶς and twvy thewvy for τῷ θεῷ

  • breathings added by default: eg type anjjr for ἀνήρ, raaydion for ῥᾴδιον and umivn for ὑμῖν

  • alternative spellings can be used for certain letters: eg diafqeiirw or diaphtheiirw for διαφθείρω

    Try this: hold your mouse cursor over any of these words to see how you would type them with HelleniCode (note that j, not h, is used for Eta—both j and η have "descenders"):

    εἰσῆλθον, τῇ ἀληθείᾳ, ἐγᾦμαι


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