# Typing Greek name with accent without unicode

How to write "Apollonius" in ancient greek in LaTeX without solutions based on unicode?

I do not know the exact situation, as I was indirectly asked about this. Some user can not (or want not?) to use UTF-8 encoding. He/she should write the name of Apollonius in ancient greek; I suppose that we are talking about this guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollonius_of_Tyana. Using package textgreek and saying ...\textlambda\'\textomega... will put diacritic mark as a separate character, not above omega letter as it should.

• Tell (s)he that nowadays 99.9% people use utf-8 (am I right?) – user156344 Apr 12 '19 at 7:53
• I know, but maybe there is a problem setting up charset for ssh connection or something? – Jori Mäntysalo Apr 12 '19 at 7:59

## 1 Answer

Use babel.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[greek.polutoniko,english]{babel}

\begin{document}

Apollonius of Tyana (\textgreek{Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς})
was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher, not to be confused
with Apollonius of Perga (\textgreek{Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Περγαῖος}).

\end{document}


If I copy from the PDF file and paste here, I get

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You can also use the alternative input

Apollonius of Tyana (\textgreek{>Apoll'wnios <o Tuane'us})
was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher, not to be confused
with Apollonius of Perga (\textgreek{>Apoll'wnios <o Perga\~ios}).


(Tables from the documentation of cbfonts, available with texdoc cbfonts on TeX Live.)

• First suggestion relies on unicode, so can't be used in this case. However, the second suggestion work; the user has confirmed this. Thanks (again)! – Jori Mäntysalo Apr 15 '19 at 11:14
• @JoriMäntysalo I added the conversion tables – egreg Apr 15 '19 at 11:34