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Many ancient alphabets are derived from Phoenician by way of ancient Greek. They are not, however, all from the same version of ancient Greek. Just as the language (Koine) had local dialects, the alphabet did too. Different letters were used in Athens, Crete, and other Greek city-states. Eventually the Ionian version became the common alphabet for the Greek world, from which the modern Greek alphabet developed. Our own, however, came from the Euboean variant, which was used by the Etruscans and then, as with so much Etruscan culture and technology, the Romans. This explains, for example, the reason both the "C" and the "G" of the Roman alphabet look so little like the gamma of the Greek alphabet: it's not derived from that Greek alphabet.

Oukoine - The name means "not Koine" or, in other words, not the universal Greek alphabet. It is constructed from variants of the letters used in various Greek city-states. Not all the same city-state, either, as some of them changed different letters from others. As a result, the letters would certainly be recognizable to an ancient Greek, but he'd be baffled as to the citizenship of the person who wrote them.

Oukoinik - Since it's an ancestor of our own alphabet, it's only natural to have a pseudo-ancient alphabet, with letters selected to match the letters of our Roman alphabet, much as Wintertree's Runik and Glyphic do The result is , which arranges the characters of Oukoine (and a few extras) to make up a readable alphabet, as seen in the title of this page.

Both Oukoine and Oukoinik have four basic faces: Regular, which has flat-ended characters in lowercase and rounded in uppercase; Italic, which has a light version in lowercase and heavier in uppercase; Bold, which is the weathered font, with an unweathered bold version in uppercase; and Bold Italic, which is the outline version, with a weathered outline in uppercase.

Inscriptions from ancient civilizations in a fantasy game are a natural use for these fonts, but there are many other uses. A pulp adventure campaign, for instance, might use them for the writing of a lost civilization: almost Greek but not quite. The same would work well for horror. And, naturally, any game which touches on Greek history in some way needs these, since the Greek we know is not the only Greek there was.

Includes a PDF manual with character charts, information on how to construct numbers, etc.

FONT LICENSE INFORMATION: Wintertree fonts are licensed as ordinary commerical fonts. This means you can install the font on your computer to use with programs such as word processors, design tools and similar applications, and use it for creation of print or PDF documents, images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, etc.) and logos. In other words, you can use the Wintertree fonts to make things with and sell the things you make, but you can't sell the font itself in any way, or use it as a web font (@font-face). Credit is gratefully appreciated but not required.

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This title was added to our catalog on December 04, 2017.