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November 11, 2015: sales of GreekKeys 2008 ceased on October 28. The updated product GreekKeys 2015 is now available at the web site of the Society for Classical Studies (free to SCS members, $20 for non-members, free or discounted for those who purchased GreekKeys 2008 on or after August 1, 2014). Click here for the new sales and support site.

GreekKeys 2008 for Mac OS X and Windows

GreekKeys is a product that has been providing easy keyboard input and specialized fonts for scholars of ancient (polytonic) Greek since 1984. For most of its history it has been a Macintosh-only product and until a few years ago it exploited a custom encoding for polytonic Greek that was widely used, but is incompatible with modern standards. From the time of the release of GreekKeys 2005 for Mac OS X, GreekKeys fonts and keyboards have supported instead the use of Unicode as the proper standard for polytonic Greek.

Now, GreekKeys 2008 is the successor product to GreekKeys 2005, with the major difference that this new version contains keyboards for PCs running Windows XP or later (including Windows 7 and 8) as well. For more information about the new version, see the GreekKeys 2008 page.

GreekKeys is owned and distributed by the American Philological Association, a non-profit professional organization of North American classical scholars. GreekKeys is currently maintained and revised by Donald Mastronarde, Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Where to Obtain GreekKeys 2008

View information about GreekKeys 2008 in Romanian courtesy of azoft, or in Ukrainian, or in Czech.


new labelAugust 2, 2015: GreekKeys 2015 forthcoming soon; GreekKeys works with Windows 10, OS X El Capitan, MS Office 2016 for Mac: see details.

new labelFebruary 9, 2015: A repair is now available that eliminates the problems experienced using GreekKeys Unicode inputs with Word 2011 for Mac: see details.

October 17, 2014: GreekKeys 2008 works with Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite), with the same variations in the installation process as seen in 10.9: see details.

September 16, 2014: an update of GreekKeys is planned for 2015; suggestions and requests from users are invited, and beta testers are needed: see details.

January 17, 2014: New Athena Unicode (v.4.05) is now available in woff format (for web developers) under the same Open Font License as the TrueType version. See the download page.

October 26, 2013: GreekKeys 2008 works with Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks), but there is an extra step to opening the installer, and the activation process looks different: see details.

December 11, 2012: GreekKeys 2008 works with Windows 8, but installation and activation are a little different: see details.

July 25, 2012: GreekKeys 2008 works with Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), but there is an extra step to opening the installer under ML: see details.

July 12, 2012: Version 4.05 of New Athena Unicode released; styled versions (italic, bold, bold italic) are also available for testing. See the download page.

February 2012: Styled versions of KadmosU, BosporosU, and AttikaU fonts are now available to licensed users of GreekKeys 2008. See the APA announcement.

July 20, 2011: GreekKeys 2008 works with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion): see details.

Updated July 20, 2011: Word 2011 compatibility report: GreekKeys Unicode works properly, but there are some issues to be aware of, and a bug that affects advanced users: see the related FAQ.

December 18, 2009: Revision B of GreekKeys 2008 download posted to sales site. See the About Page.

November 14, 2009: an initial test indicates that the existing GreekKeys 2008 package is compatible with Windows 7. See details.

January 20, 2009: New extended license allows departments to distribute GreekKeys 2008 to its students (see the details).

January 29, 2009: APA adopts Open Font License for New Athena Unicode(see the details).