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ancient Greek oblique font

From the middle of the 19th century an italic font with many calligraphic overtones was introduced into Greek printing. Its source is unknown, but it almost certainly was the product of a German or Italian foundry. In the first type specimen printed in Greece by the typecutter K. Miliadis (1850), the font was listed anonymously along others of 11pts and in the Gr. Doumas' undated specimen appeared as «11pt Greek inclined». For most of the second half of the century the type was used extensively as an italic for emphasis in words, sentences or exerpts. In 1889, the folio size Type Specimen of Anestis Konstantinidis' publishing, printing and type founding establishment also included the type as «Greek inclined [9 & 12 pt]».

Nevertheless, the excessively calligraphic style of the characters, combined with the steep and uncomfortable obliqueness of the capitals, was out of favour in the 20th century and the type did not survive the conformity of the mechanical type cutting and casting. The font has been digitally revived, as part of our typographic tradition, by George D. Matthiopoulos and is part of GFS' type library under the name GFS Solomos, in commemoration of the great Greek poet of the 19th century, Dionisios Solomos.

Package version:1.1-2


The GSF Solomos font family

GFS Solomos is released under the SIL Open Font License.
See OFL-FAQ.txt for details of the SIL Open Font License.

These fonts are automatically available through fontconfig (if it is
installed) to all fontconfig-aware applications. If you wish to use the
fonts in generic X11 applications you will have to install x-ttcidfont-conf
and follo


ttf-gfs-solomos (1.1-2) unstable; urgency=low

  * Switch to 3.0 (quilt) source format
  * Add ${misc:Depends} to dependencies to properly cope with
    debhelper-triggerred dependencies
  * Add myself as Uploader
  * Update Standards to 3.8.3 (checked)
  * Drop no longer needed dependency and build dependency on defoma

 -- Christian Perrier <>  Sun, 06 Dec 2009 21:46:02 +0100



This package was debianized by Nicolas Spalinger <>
on Sat, 30 Jun 2007.

See the Alioth project for co-maintainership of open fonts:

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