(Legacy) Galilee Greek Font

gif of Galilee alphabet at 18 pt.

Unicode version now available! see the (separate) Galilee Unicode Gk page

This page is for the (Legacy) Galilee v. 1.02 font, posted Sept. 21, 2003 (non-Unicode)

Now includes both bold and italic faces; see notes below. (There are only very minor changes to the normal face, now numbered v.1.02.) The three faces may be downloaded below, either separately or in a single zip file. See the graphic sample of all three faces on a separate page.

This TrueType font is designed as a web-optimized font for use on screen in a web browser or for classroom use with a video projector; the primary goal is legibility, not style. As such, it is a sans serif font that is designed to complement Trebuchet (one of the better such web fonts) with similar stroke weight, metrics, and character design. It may also be used harmoniously with Verdana. Other sans serif fonts such as Arial and Helvetica also look fairly good with Galilee. It was not designed to complement standard serif text fonts such as any of the Times variations, etc., though it can be used for such purposes.* This font is being converted into a Unicode font; all future development of the font will be in that format. (In the Unicode version I am also adding Hebrew characters in a matching style so that this font will serve as a general purpose “biblical languages” font.) There will not be further revisions to the three original faces available here (unless some major problem is discovered). See details below and on pages linked there. Also see the info and link below to convert the legacy encoding of Galilee to Unicode format (for use with the Unicode version of Galilee that I hope to release before too long or with any other Unicode font).

(*If you do use it with a text font, reduce the font size of Galilee about 2 points–it has a much larger x-height than does Times. A document in 12 pt. Times New Roman, e.g., will look better if Galilee is set at 10 pt. The easiest way to do that is to do a search and replace in your word processor when you are finished. Or you can create a macro in, say, Word that not only changes the font to Galilee, but also changes the font size; assign it to a keystroke, function key, or toolbar button and use it whenever you change to Greek text. For text purposes, two of the best Unicode fonts that include polytonic Greek are the new Gentium font by Victor Gaultney, and the Palatino Linotype fonts. I particularly like Gentium. These are Unicode, so you must have both software that supports it and a means to enter it. See my Unicode page for details.)

Normal font (Galilee; file name: Galilee1_02.ttf), manually hinted (including delta hinting) and optimized for legibility in screen display. The current version (1.02) is not kerned; the spacing has been improved adequately so that kerning is not crucial–and web browsers do not use kerning data anyway.

Bold font (Galilee Bold; file name: GalileeBold1_0.ttf), has only the automatic hints generated by FontLab; no kerning; glyph design identical to the normal face.

Italic font (Galilee Italic; file name: GalileeItalic1_0.ttf), has some manual hinting (include some deltas) in addition to the automatic hinting by FontLab, but this face has not been optimized as completely as the normal face. This is basically an oblique face rather than a true italic (Greek fonts have never really developed a true italic style), although it is both lighter and narrower than the normal face (esp. the lower case). There are some deliberate glyph style variations to adapt it to the oblique/italic form. There is also some kerning, particularly in the upper case, since an oblique face creates significant spacing problems.

Feedback on the font’s design and function is invited and welcome, though I may not be able to respond individually to all such comments. (And I’m sure that I can’t help you debug any individual problems with your system.) I will check any such reports to the extent of my resources–but they are limited. Please be specific in any problem reports as to the specific hardware, system software, and application software that you are using. I have tested this on a Windows 266MHz box running both Win95 and 98 and also on a 2 GHz box running WinXP. On Mac I’ve tested on a 7500 with OS 9.1. (See contact info below.)

Note on Matching Hebrew Font

My OT colleague, Dr. Alan Ingalls, has created a classical/biblical Hebrew font (“BenEzra”) that complements the style of the Galilee Greek font. Further information is available on his font page.


Windows/Mac OS X v. 1.02 was posted on 9/21/03. You may download it in any of the following forms:

  • Zip file containing all three faces (normal, bold, italic)

Classic Mac (OS 7/8/9) version of v. 1.0 (normal face only) is also available. (The classic Mac version is a Stuffit file that you must decompress with Stuffit Expander.

Installing the font: It is not sufficient to just download the font, you must also install it. If you don’t know how to install a font, check with a friend who does. (If you have an older version already installed, delete it first.) Here are the basics:

Windows, use the Font Control Panel and select Install New Font… from the File menu, select the Galilee font file (wherever you saved it when you downloaded it), and click OK. (Or, drag/copy the font to C:\WINDOWS\Fonts.) If you’re not sure how, I’ve posted step-by-step instructions complete with screen shots as to how to do this.

Mac OS X, Basically you want to drag/copy the font to the font folder in the library. (There are multiple libraries in OS X since it’s a multi-user system, so get the right one; you can install the font so that all users have access to it, or install it only for a specific user/s.) See the install info in Apple’s Knowledge Base.  If the first link in this paragraph doesn’t work, search for “106417” in the Knowledge Base which should take you to article ID 106417, “Mac OS X 10: Font Locations and Their Purposes.” There is also an article on the Macromedia site that may be of help.

Mac Classic (OS 7/8/9), drag the font file to the closed System folder, answer Yes when asked if you want it installed in the Fonts folder. (Remember that you must unstuff the file first.)

Supplemental material/info on the Galilee font, including an Acrobat sample page link, design considerations, key assignments, a “test string,” etc., is on a separate page. Also a few notes on Mac option key character locations.

Biblical Language Fonts and Unicode

Additional information regarding biblical language fonts and Unicode is available. See also the information there on keyboards for entering Unicode text: I recommend Keyman on Windows (using Lopez’s Classical Greek keyboard) and my own Polytonic Greek keyboard for Mac OS X.

If you’re not familiar with Unicode, I highly recommend that you read it carefully. It is very important in current software (particularly web browsers and word processors) and will be even more so in the future. The Galilee font is now available as a Unicode font; all future development of the font will be in that format.

Galilee to Unicode Encoding Converter

There is now a converter available that will convert text formatted with the Galilee Greek font to Unicode encoding.

Galilee Font License Agreement (Windows and Mac versions)

The Galilee Greek font, copyright © 2002, 2003 Rodney J. Decker, is freely available for non-commercial,* academic purposes. It may not be sold or commercially distributed. The Galilee font (& font  family when it becomes available) may not be renamed, modified, or used as a basis for another font. The font may be used in any academic paper, journal, or book, whether in paper or electronic copy. The font is embeddable and may be freely included in .pdf files or other documents which enable a font to be embedded. It may be used on publicly accessible web pages so long as a link to this page is provided for users to download the current version of the font.
Although Galilee is a standard TrueType font and should not cause problems on your computer, under no circumstances will Rodney J. Decker or Baptist Bible Seminary be liable for any problems that you encounter in using the font or for any loss or damage that results from its use. Downloading and installing the font indicates your acceptance of these terms.

[*I consider “non-commercial” to include publishing of printed material so long as it does not profit because of the use of the Galilee font per se. The stipulations above are intended to preclude anyone from making financial profit from my work. If you publish a journal or a book and use the Galilee font for Greek text included, that’s fine with me–so long as it isn’t a book about Greek typography, or teaching typography by studying the use of the Galilee font, etc. Although neither of those examples are likely scenarios, should you want to do so, please contact me. I’m sure we can work out appropriate arrangements.]

This font was originally developed to support the Internet resources provided for students at Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA, using software (FontLab, etc.) provided by the Seminary. One of the conditions for the provision of software and other resources for the font development project was that the resulting font be freely available as a service to the academic community.