I need to enter a few greek words (i.e., with greek letters) in a text set in latin letters, using a latin keyboard. I wonder whether my choice of the bgreek package is the recommended way nowadays, because although most of it works, it seems that a few lowercase letters are not available; in particular there is only one variant of kappa (the one that resembles a latin x but not the one that looks more like a latin k), one of theta (the one that looks like 0 with a horizontal bar is missing), and one of phi (the one that more resembles the uppercase phi is missing). I don't actually know greek, so I wonder why that is and if the two variants of these letters are interchangeable or, if not, how I can get these letters, because the source I am copying the text from uses these missing variants.

  • If you are copying text from a source anyway, why not just use Unicode in your TeX file and copy & paste as it is?
    – Ingmar
    Apr 26, 2021 at 14:05
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    While I have small Latin and less Greek, I can confirm that the variant forms of the letters are, in fact, equivalent. Also, in polytonic greek, the accents ˜ and ˆ are the same accent (generally called "circumflex" even when it has the tilde shape).
    – Don Hosek
    Apr 26, 2021 at 14:23

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To expand on my comment, the different shapes you describe are just type variants and not linguistically significant. That said, you might prefer to use the lgreek package which has the original Silvio Levy typeforms loaded. The form of θ in particular is different although κ and φ still have the same shape.

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