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The Phoenician Unicode block unifies various paleographic scripts of the Phoenician alphabet and its successors dating from the 12th century BCE to the 2nd century BCE. These related scripts were used in areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea: Paleo-Hebrew, Archaic Phoenician, Phoenician, Early Aramaic, Late Phoenician cursive, Phoenician papyrus, Siloam Hebrew, Hebrew seals, Ammonite, Moabite, and Punic. Language/alphabet-specific fonts must be used in order to get the right alphabet.

Writing direction is right-to-left for words as well as numbers.

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Phoenician font Aegean    [ show all samples ]  (Aegean.otf)
Source: Free download from George Douros's 'Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts' page.
Stats: Version 1.01 has 3,578 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cypriot Syllabary, Greek, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, Ugaritic, Private Use Area (Lycian, Carian, Linear A, Lydian, Anatolian/Luvian Hieroglyphs, Cypro-Minoan, Cretan Hieroglyphs, others)
OpenType Layout Tables: Greek, Latin
Sample of ALPHABETUM Unicode at 22pt ALPHABETUM Unicode    [ show all samples ]  (ALPHABETUM v.9.00.ttf)
Note: Excellent font for linguistics and ancient languages.
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Source: Shareware ($15) from Juan José Marcos.
Stats: Version 9.0 Feb 2007 has 5,515 glyphs and 220 kerning pairs
Support: Coptic, Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Gothic, Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Glagolitic, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana only), Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Ogham, Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, Runic, Ugaritic, Private Use Area (Iberic & Celtiberic, additional Old Italic glyphs, Old & Medieval Latin)
Sample of MPH 2B Damase at 30pt MPH 2B Damase    [ show all samples ]  (damase_v.2.ttf from damase_v.2.zip)
Source: Free download locally.
Stats: Version 001.000 / 002.000 has 2,896 glyphs and 192 kerning pairs
Support: Armenian, Cherokee, Coptic (Bohairic subset), Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic (Russian and other Slavic languages), Deseret, Georgian (Asomtavruli and Nuskhuri but no Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek (including Coptic characters), Hebrew, Latin, Limbu, Linear B (partial coverage of ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Phoenician, Shavian, Syloti Nagri (no conjuncts), Tai Le (no combining tone marks), Thaana, Tifinagh, Ugaritic, Vietnamese

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This page was last updated on 2007-06-23