Good font to set text written in the Latin language?

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Good font to set text written in the Latin language?
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Can anyone recommend some good fonts to use to set some text written in the Latin language.

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Any roman-inspired serif font.
That said, two suggestions of academic heritage:
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=gentium
http://junicode.sourceforge.net/

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Thanks for the advice!

Andreas Stötzner's picture
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@ riccard0: I’m really dissapointed about your suggestions. Not very typophile.

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@Andreas: I know. I should have asked more infos in order to give a better answer based on context.
That said, what are your typophilic suggestions?

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Well … pffhhh h h h …
The initial question is rather stupid, actually. It’s like asking “anyone knowing good places to go on holiday?"
Perhaps, the only possible answer is “Yes”.

;-)

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@ Andreas: You are a prick

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Not very typophile, andreas

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Let's stop while we're all ahead.

The original question isn't stupid. It is just a little vague. Eric, a little more project information would be helpful. :)

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Actually it's a very interesting question.* Do you worry only about caps? What about the "U" and "J"? Do you worry about the font featuring common Latin-language or Roman-era contractions, etc.? Most of all I would work the angle that Latin uses far fewer letters that have extenders in the lc. So maybe something with a highly varied x-height region, to help along readability? Unless you're shooting for what Latin text is famous for: aesthetic regularity. Unless unless you're being even more aesthetically-minded and you'd like cuspy-cupped serifs... Like I said, an interesting question.

* Maybe Andreas thought Erik meant Latin-script as opposed
to Latin language? Which would indeed be a dumb question,
although still not deserving Andreas's reaction.

hhp

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Sorry for my response everyone.

To be more specific,I was asked some advice on choosing a font to set a phrase of text written in the Latin language. Translated to English, the phrase means *Fortune favors the bold.* I am not sure how to say the phrase in Latin.

My main concern is cultural consideration. Should I choose a font from a particular historical era? Maybe a font created by a designer from a certain country? That is the type of stuff I would like to know.

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Well, I guess maximal cultural authenticity would require all-caps setting in an epigraphic font*; subbing "V" for "U" and "I" for "J"; and using a triangular midpoint instead of wordspaces. But the reader can never be ignored, so the "culture" of the user has to be factored in.

* Hopefully not Trajan. Maybe La Gioconda by Farey & Dawson.

What's the context?

hhp

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A good friend of mine is considering getting this as a tattoo. I just want to help him do the research and make sure he doesn't get something he will regret this. I guess he mostly cares about having it look cool since no one will be able to understand it besides him anyway.

I have also been trying to learn more about fonts lately and not just choose a font because it looks nice, or it's popular. I am currently reading *The Elements of Typographic Style* by Robert Bringhurst. I figure by the time I am done reading it I will be more of an expert on fonts and typography. I am relatively young and I have just recently graduated from going to school for Graphic Design.

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I don't know about "expert" just so easily :-) but Bringhurst
is certainly a great start: http://typophile.com/node/15349

Tattoo, eh? Where is it going? Because the proportions of the space will be a major design constraint. For example if it's around the arm you want something narrow letterforms.

hhp

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Font-wise, Jupiter might also be worth a look – it comes in multiple widths and has some tattoo-worthy alternates.

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@ hrant: Haha, maybe not expert :) I'm not sure where the tattoo is going, but that is a good thing to consider.

@riccardo: Good call looking at Wikipedia.

@ altaira: Good suggestion. The alternatives are beautiful, I especially like the long *R* and *Q*.

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My answer has been snobbish, I’m terribly sorry for that.
(At least, it seems to have caused some clarification of the matter in question. That for the pr…)

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LOL, I suppose the conversation did get going :)

Sorry Andreas. Hopefully no hard feelings.

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Let’s forget about it.

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Here's interesting info on Latin-style type:

http://guindo.pntic.mec.es/~jmag0042/LATIN_PALEOGRAPHY.pdf