The Kerkis Font Family

For LaTeX

Among other features, Kerkis for LaTeX makes wide use of double forms for several letters according to the hellenic typographic tradition that now tends to be lost. In particular the letters beta, zeta, theta, rho and phi have an initial and a different middle-word form.

Old style numbers (known as lower case numbers as well) are included in the small caps font. Thus they are accessible with the \textsc or \scshape command.

The fonts contain a full set of latin characters with accents that support properly all latin-based languages (common like German, French etc and less common like Icelandic). Special ligatures for "northern" languages like ij and fj etc (try the word fiji or fjord) are also included and tested to work.

Kerkis is especially usefull for the creation of pdf files due to the fact that the fonts are in Type1 format.


Download the following zip file:


If you have the previous version of kerkis installed you must first remove it or overwrite it. To do this or just to install it do the following steps:
  1. Replace or place the type1 files: locate the old files named k.pfb, ki.pfb, kb.pfb etc and delete them. Place the new files in the same place you had the old ones probably in texmf/fonts/type1/kerkis or in this directory (create it!) if you did not had kerkis before.
  2. Replace or place the afm files: locate the files k.afm, ki.afm,kb.afm etc and delete them. Place the new afm files in the same place you had the old ones probably in texmf/fonts/afm/kerkis or in this directory (create it!) if you did not had kerkis before.
  3. Replace or place the tfm and vf files (k8a.tfm, ek8a.tfm, gk7a.tfm etc), in texmf/fonts/tfm/kerkis and texmf/fonts/vf/kerkis.
  4. Replace or place the old kerkis.sty, .fd files from the tex subdirectory of the distribution in texmf/tex/latex/kerkis.
  5. Replace or place the .enc files from the dvips subdirectory of the distribution in texmf/dvips/base/kerkis (old ones might be in texmf/dvips/base/).
  6. Place the all html files from the doc subdirectory in texmf/doc/latex/kerkis.
  7. Place the file in texmf/dvips/base/kerkis. If you had kerkis before edit the file (found in texmf/dvips/config and/or texmf/dvips/base) and delete all entries relating to kerkis.
  8. Run texhash (on unix) or refresh the filename database (in MikTeX).
  9. Find the file updmap.cfg open it in an editor and add the line: Map
  10. Run updmap (on MikTeX I am not sure how to do this. Alternatively you may append the contents of the file of the distribution to after step 7 above, refresh the filename database (step 8) and skip steps 9 and 10).
  11. Remove all bitmaps you may have from older kerkis instalations (remove all .pk files in /var/lib/texmf/pk teTeX (on unix) texmf-var/fonts/pk in TeXLive and localtexmf\fonts\pk in MikTeX.
You are ready to use the fonts now. Just note the following:
    1. Load the kerkis.sty package after you load the inputenc package with the iso-8859-7 option
    2. The -j option of dvips (which is usually the default) may not work properly with older TeX installations (it works with modern ones). If you run into such problems with dvips, either turn it off by issuing dvips -j0 file.dvi or use the bitmap generation utility gfstopk by issuing dvips -V file.dvi
    Stylistic issues

    Kerkis is a Neoclassical font. We believe that its strictly rationalist axis makes it ideal for scientific typesetting. Moreover its moderate contrast and apperture makes it perfectly readable. Its serifs are adnate so that it guides your eyes smoothly on the line.

    Kerkis is a calm and quiet face that does not interfere with the expression of important ideas in your documents.

    The latin part of the Kerkis font is URW Bookman (except some characters that were missing from Bookman). URW has kindly allowed us to re-distribute their Bookman inside Kerkis.

    A. Tsolomitis, atsol at aegean dot gr