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This alphabet was created by bishop Wulfila (311-383 CE) who was the religious leader of the Visigoths. It was created in the fourth century for his Gothic translation of the Bible. (Gothic is the oldest known Germanic language.) The alphabet is mostly derived from Greek letters. The Gothic language was previously written using 'pagan' runic letters.

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Sample of ALPHABETUM Unicode at 22pt ALPHABETUM Unicode    [ show all samples ]  (ALPHABETUM v.9.00.ttf)
Note: Excellent font for linguistics and ancient languages.
PLEASE volunteer to translate the home page of the Four Essential Travel Phrases for David McCreedy.
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 Code2001 at 24pt Code2001    [ show all samples ]  (code2001.ttf)
Source: Free download from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 0.917 has 2,944 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cirth, Cypriot Syllabary, Deseret, Gothic, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Shavian, Tengwar, Ugaritic
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of MPH 2B Damase at 24pt 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
Sample of Vulcanius at 24pt Vulcanius    [ show all samples ]  (Vulcanius.ttf)
Warning: Windows seems to cut off half of the letters of later Vulcanius versions 1.02 and 1.04.
Source: Vulcanius
Stats: Version 1.01 2004 has 35 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Gothic
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin

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This page was last updated on 2005-07-28