# How to typeset ancient Persian scripts in LaTeX

This is a simple word in Achaemenidian script (ancient Persian language) that is typeset by Parsoomash font in MS Word:

Is there any LaTeX package to typeset stuffs like this?

• Any pointer to the Parsoomash font? – egreg Oct 19 '17 at 22:39
• @egreg Well, the font is just designed by the author who owns this website:ganjei.com, and it can be found in ganjei.com/parsoomash.ttf; however, I couldn't find any kind of documentation. – Roboticist Oct 19 '17 at 22:42
• Use fontspec and live happy. – egreg Oct 19 '17 at 22:50
• @egreg: The problem is that when I paste the copied script from MS Word, the keyboard equivalents are pasted into the editor, not the desired ancient symbols; in other words, to get the script above, one should click m, t, y, and n in MS Word, and these Latin symbols are all I get in Tex Studio's editing window. – Roboticist Oct 19 '17 at 22:58
• I also tried to catch the symbol's unicode numbers in MS Word, but it says the symbols arenon-standard. – Roboticist Oct 19 '17 at 23:03

Use XeLaTeX. The font maps the glyphs in the Latin alphabet slots, so you have to figure out yourself the correspondence.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\newfontfamily{\oldpersian}{Parsoomash}

\begin{document}

This is ancient Persian script {\oldpersian ABCDFG}

\end{document}


Here's a table:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage{multicol}

\newfontfamily{\oldpersian}{Parsoomash}

\begin{document}

This is ancient Persian script {\oldpersian ABCDFG}

\begin{multicols}{4}
\count255=32
\loop\ifnum\count255<125