# [OS X TeX] using ancient Greek with iTeXMac

Chris Lovell lovel012 at umn.edu
Thu Apr 29 00:03:38 EDT 2004

```Yep, the [combine] option was the problem. The initial sample of Greek
I grabbed from Perseus had a iota with an umlaut above it, which (for
some reason) necessitated the use of [combine]. Umlauts are sometimes
used in Greek texts to indicate that a sequence of two vowels isn't a
dipthong, but it's not, strictly speaking, a standard classical Greek
diacritic.

Replacing that character with a regular iota allowed me to get rid of
[combine], and now everything works!

Thanks for the help.

Chris

On Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at 08:12  PM, Adam Maxwell wrote:

> Chris,
>
> On 27 Apr, 2004, at 13:13, Chris Lovell wrote:
>
>> I'm new to TeX, and am trying to use it to generate documents with a
>> mixture of text in English and ancient (polytonic) Greek. It's not
>> working for me so far. Using the built-in editor, I created a short
>> test document:
>>
>> %!iTeXMac(charset):UTF-8
>>
>> \documentclass[11pt]{article}
>> \usepackage[polutonikogreek,english]{babel}
>> \usepackage[combine]{ucs}
>
> Try \usepackage{ucs} without the [combine].
>
>> [here I pasted in a bunch of UTF-8 Greek text I grabbed from the
>> Perseus Project, http://www.perseus.tufts.edu. It's with precombined
>> accents, if that matters.]
>
> I used the same website and format, and a section of Plato's Republic
> typeset without errors using iTeXMac and gwTeX.  I don't know Greek,
> so my analysis of the result is that it must be okay if it looks
> more-or-less like the web page :).
>
> You do need to use an editor font that has the Unicode characters you
> need (e.g. Lucida Grande).  Also, installing the kerkis font for TeX
> in ~/Library/texmf will allow you to have Type 1 fonts which can
>
> --
> hth,
>
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