ClassicalGreek, the Organization for Multilingualization, has a link to the CGreek Project.

This offers you an add on package for Emacs including BDF fonts, a new input method, and the option of saving your files for TeX.

Follow the manual for the installation. I found it unproblematic.

NT Emacs

I’ll have to check… Creating the fontsets and using the BDF fonts works when you follow the NT Emacs FAQ to the point. No idea about cgreek, though.

TeX, LaTeX

Your files will be saved in the Ibycus4 style.

That means, you will have to get Ibycus4 as well. You can find it on any CTAN ( or Sunsite mirror in the …/language/greek/ibygrk subdirectory.

Installing this might be difficult for non-TeXies. So here goes for owners of the TeTeX distribution.

If you are using stow:

Now verify that you have it installed in the correct places:

This should at least list ibycus4.sty. When you have that, rebuild ls-R:

If you want a little test file, take this one:

 This is a test.

When you compile it using ‘C-c C-f’ (this runs the command ‘tex-file’), you should see no errors and some output like this:

 Document Class: letter 1999/04/29 v1.2z Standard <nowiki>LaTeX</nowiki> document class
 . . .



With the ancientgreek module, ConTeXt can process Unicode Greek input. I use the carbon (OS X) version of emacs (, and I found it easy to write and display Unicode polytonic Greek.

Writing polytonic Greek in Unicode

The most convenient method is greek-babel. Type C-\ When you’re prompted for an Input method, type greek-babel. This will allow you to type the same keystrokes as if you were inputting the babel transliteration, but emacs will translate them to the corresponding Unicode glyphs. Very neat!

Displaying polytonic Greek

This is code that I picked up here on the wiki. I like a very large font so I can recline in my chair while typing; just adapt the size if you like something smaller. It works on my copmuter: OS X 10.4.9, with the Gentium fonts installed. YMMV:

   "-apple-andale mono-medium-r-normal--24-*-*-*-m-*-fontset-andale,
     ascii:-apple-andale mono-medium-r-normal--24-*-*-*-m-*-mac-roman" t 'noerror)
(set-frame-font "-apple-andale mono-medium-r-normal--24-*-*-*-m-*-fontset-andale" 'keep)

(set-fontset-font "fontset-andale"
		  (cons (decode-char 'ucs #x0374)
			(decode-char 'ucs #x03fb))

(set-fontset-font "fontset-andale"
		  (cons (decode-char 'ucs #x1f00)
			(decode-char 'ucs #x1fef))

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)

Some more TLG related stuff (cgreek already contains some of that).