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Unicode hyphenation patterns for ancient Greek.

Created:         January 9th, 2006
First release:  June 7th, 2006
Revised:         (not yet)
Version:         0.1

Created by Yves Codet with Jonathan Kew's help, after Claudio Beccari's

This package can be redistributed and/or modified under the terms
of the LaTeX Project Public License.

These patterns are meant for XeTeX, a Unicode variant of TeX. They are
merely phonetic and *do not* take etymology into consideration. After
being compiled into a format, they can be activated with the command:


In LaTeX, if your document is entirely in Greek, you can write the command
in your preamble, for instance:


\setromanfont{Lucida Grande}


Ἐν Λέσβῳ θηρῶν ἐν ἄλσει Νυμφῶν θέαμα εἶδον κάλλιστον ὧν 
εἶδον· εἰκόνα γραπτήν, ἱστορίαν ἔρωτος.



If there is another language in your source file, you can define a new
font instance and a new command, for instance:


\setromanfont{Lucida Grande}                                              % font
% "Lucida Grande" with French hyphenation called by "Babel"
\newfontinstance\greekfont{Lucida Grande}
\newcommand{\gr}[1]{{\language=\greek\greekfont{#1}}}     % the same
% font with Greek hyphenation called by the command
% "\language=\greek"


\gr{Ἐν Λέσβῳ θηρῶν ἐν ἄλσει Νυμφῶν θέαμα εἶδον κάλλιστον ὧν 
εἶδον· εἰκόνα γραπτήν, ἱστορίαν ἔρωτος.}

Alors que je chassais à Lesbos dans un bois consacré aux Nymphes,
je vis le plus beau spectacle que j'aie jamais vu: une image peinte, une
histoire d'amour.



I never use plainTeX, so I don't know how to do the same with it. If a
plainTeX user is willing to send me the equivalents of the above, I'll be

Please send corrections and suggestions to:


These hyphenation patterns are under the LaTeX Project Public License.

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (3.1k).

grchyph – Hyphenation for classical Greek, under

These patterns are written “in Unicode” to work with ; they will not work with a standard installation.

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