On the southern slope of the Acropolis of Athens, east of
Herodion, the Temple of Asclepius and Hygieia was discovered in 2011
In the Temple
there are various inscriptions, one of which stands out for the
interesting form of writing. The Supreme Council of the Hellenes Ethnikoi
commissioned the Laboratory of Computational Mathematics, Mathematical
Software and Digital Typography of the Department of Mathematics to
digitize the font. The work is still in progress
and below we see a relevant column and part of its text as it is
currently being reproduced from the font.
Photographic material: © Callisto | YSEE
Deviations from the original appear (among other reasons) because the
ancient engraver does not hold the same spacing (characters' width) of
the characters, nor are the lines perfectly horizontal, nor is the
photograph taken with the lens perpendicular to the column.
font has be extended to provide more alternate characters, since the
approach is not museum-type one. For
example, in addition to the NH ligature of the ancient engraver, NE and
others have been added.
The font is be offered with a free license from here.
We warmly thank the Athens Ephorate of Antiquities who
provided various information to our Lab for the inscription. It's the
inscribed pedestal, NK14, made of Pentelic marble, welded by five
fragments. It was found in 1876
in the Asklepieion area, built in the
foundations of a Christian church. It has a rich nape and base. The top
surface has a recess for the placement of a statue, probably of Μαρκία
Αθηναΐδα (Marcia Annia Claudia Alkia Athenais Gavidia Latiaria), the
younger daughter of Herodes Atticus. The inscription dates back to the
period of action of the honored, that is, from 145 to 156 ade or at the
latest by 160 ade.
Two more samples: