Antioch classical languages utility

For MS Word 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 – and 32- or 64-bit Windows and Office
Program by Denis Liégeois, font by Ralph Hancock

Antioch is a utility which allows you to type classical Greek and Hebrew in Word. It includes fully programmable Greek and Hebrew keyboards, a uniquely simple and flexible system for handling diacritics and vowel points, an elegant font with all necessary characters, and converters for documents in many other formats.

Antioch 3 for Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10

Please see the Antioch 3 page. Antioch 3 works in some of the many versions of of Word 365, but not in any version which has some of its files online. For Word 2000-2003, please use Antioch 2.

Antioch 2 for Word 2000-2003 in Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7

Please note that Antioch 2 does not work in Word 97, or in Windows 95, 98 or ME. If you have any of these, you should use the older version 1, which you can find here. No version of Antioch can be used with the with the cut-down ‘Starter’ or ‘Click-to-Run’ versions of Office, though these can be converted free of charge into the full ‘MSI’ version by downloading more files from Microsoft, after which Antioch can be installed.

The Hebrew side of Antioch 2 allows the typing of vowel points and full cantillation marks, all of which are automatically positioned by a special OpenType font. With Windows XP and Word 2002 or later, you can type any combination of marks that is found in the Bible, including the complex BHS text. Windows 2000 and Word 2000 do not allow some of the more exotic combinations but are fine for less extreme use.

The current version of Antioch 2 may be installed on top of any existing version of Antioch 1 or 2 and will replace it. Your existing registration and settings will be preserved. However, you can’t reinstall Antioch 1 without first uninstalling Antioch 2.

If you want to use the Hebrew side of Antioch, before installing it you should install the Windows Hebrew keyboard. Antioch doesn’t use this, but it needs the support for right-to-left languages that is installed along with the keyboard. In Windows Vista or 7, with Word 2007 or 2010, all you need to do is install the keyboard. With Control Panel – Region and Language.
In older versions of windows and Word, there is more to do. For help with installation in Windows 2000 and XP, see Windows help under ‘To install complex script and right-to-left language files’, which can be found by starting help and typing ‘Hebrew’. After enabling the languages, while you are still in the Regional and Languages Options dialog box, click on ‘Details’, then on ‘Add’, and select the Hebrew keyboard from the list.
To set up Word 2000, 2002 or 2003 for Hebrew, go to the Windows Start menu, then to Programs – Microsoft Office Tools – Microsoft Office 2000/XP/2003 Language Settings. In Word 2007 and 2010 there is no need to do anything.
In Antioch, you will also need to select a Hebrew keyboard with Hebrew – Preferences – Keyboard; we recommend that you read the relevant parts of the manual before doing this.

To download the installer for Antioch 2

(an2setup.exe, 1.27 MB), click here. There is now only one version of Antioch 2, which works in Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7, and in Word 2000, 2002 (Office XP), 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Special notes for Windows Vista and 7 users
Vista has a feature called User Account Control, which by default is enabled. When you want to do almost anything serious, it darkens the screen and asks you if you really want to do this. You need to switch this feature off before installing Antioch. Go to Control Panel – User Accounts and turn User Account Control off. Restart the computer and run the Antioch installer again. You must leave User Account Control switched off while selecting a keyboard layout for Antioch, and while making any other changes to settings, and while registering the program.
Windows 7 has a different version of User Account Control, with a slider that adjusts its level. Go to Control Panel – User Accounts to change this level. You should push the slider to the bottom, and restart the computer, before installing Antioch. You must keep User Account Control at its lowest level while selecting a keyboard layout for Antioch, and while making any other changes to settings, and while registering the program.

After installing Antioch, you should open Word, switch on the Greek keyboard with the ‘alpha’ button on the Antioch toolbar, and go to Greek – Preferences – Keyboard. If you are updating an existing copy, click on the ‘Load’ button, and this will import the keyboard layout you used for Greek in the previous version of Antioch. If you are installing Antioch on a computer for the first time, you will need to choose your keyboard layout from the options. You need to make a selection for each of the four areas of the keyboard, even if you want to leave it as it is. In this way, Antioch learns about your national keyboard layout and adapts itself to fit.
The Hebrew keyboard is set up in the same way, by clicking on the ‘alef’ button and going to Greek – Preferences – Hebrew. But before doing this, please read ‘If you want to use the Hebrew side of Antioch’, above.
Note: do not change the Windows keyboard setting when choosing Antioch’s keyboard. Use the Windows keyboard that you normally use.

Administrators of networks intending to install Antioch 2 will need a list of file locations and other information, which can be downloaded by clicking here. It gives a quick method of installing Antioch on several computers on a network.

For further information on the Greek side of Antioch, click here.
For further information on the Hebrew side of Antioch, click here.

You can download a copy of the Antioch manual (233 KB) from here.
Um eine Kopie der Handbuch auf Deutsch (111 KB) herunterzuladen, bitte hier klicken.

Antioch 2 uses a new version of its usual font, which is now simply called Vusillus (not Vusillus Old Face). The main purpose of this font is to enable right-to-left Hebrew, so if you prefer you can revert to the old font, or choose any other suitable font, by adjusting the settings in Greek – Preferences – Text. The installer gives only the italic version of the font. The regular version is automatically distributed to registered users only, when they first register – if updating Antioch, they can get a copy by writing to me at Please state which version of Antioch 2 you are using, as the latest version of the font has differences in the Hebrew part (though not in the Greek part).

Please report any problems to me at


Please install and test the trial version of Antioch before you pay for it. In case of difficulty with installation, email me and I will do my best to help you.

Registration for a single user costs US$50.00 or equivalent in other currency. You can pay online by card through a secure site run by MyCommerce. Please note that MyCommerce charges sales taxes at the local rate for your country. If you prefer, you can pay me by PayPal; please email me for details. Discounts are offered for multiple licences at schools, colleges and universities: please ask about this.

To register online click here.

Antioch 2 and Antioch 3 cost the same, but are registered in different ways. On the initial registration page, please click on the correct link to avoid being sent the wrong information.

When you have registered, within 24 hours you will be sent an email giving details of how to register the program and obtain the regular font. If you have a problem with this, please email me at

If you have already registered Antioch 1 or 2, you don’t need to pay to register this version, even on a new computer. Just write to me, and I will provide new registration information. If your email address has changed since you registered, please tell me what the old address was.

Refunds policy: We expect you to test the trial version of Antioch before paying to register it. Refunds are given at our discretion.

Free extras for Antioch

Registered Antioch users who prefer an upright Greek font can have several free fonts, including versions of Times New Roman and Garamond with full classical Greek character sets. (Please email me, don’t ask the card payment agency while registering.)
Two further free upright Greek fonts can be downloaded by anyone.
Orthos, a serif font with matching italic, is here.
Hyle, a sans serif font, is here.

To download the Septuagint as a zipped Word document in Unicode Greek (1.74 MB), click here.
To download the New Testament as a zipped Word document in Unicode Greek (443 KB), click here.
This version of the Greek Bible includes a document map which allows you to go direct to the head of any chapter (click on View - Document Map). Each chapter is headed with an abbreviation of the book title for easier identification. There is also a brief note on sources. Many thanks to Harmai Gábor for preparing this new version.

To download Homer’s Iliad as a zipped Word document in Unicode Greek (531 KB) click here.
To download Homer’s Odyssey as a zipped Word document in Unicode Greek (377 KB) click here.
Each document is in a single file, with book numbers that appear on the document map, and every fifth line numbered, including the book number.

The AutoCorrect lists

You can save a lot of typing time by using our documents which add Greek and Hebrew entries to Word’s AutoCorrect procedure, allowing you to type common words without diacritics or vowel points, which will be added automatically by AutoCorrect. You can add to or edit the list as you like (see the Antioch manual). The Greek list is now long, the Hebrew one just a skeleton to show how the list works – ideas for more entries gratefully received.

These documents include macros. A virus warning notice will appear on your screen when you download them. But they are perfectly safe and have been checked for viruses. We advise you to copy them to the C:\Program Files\Antioch folder [C:\Program Files (x86)\Antioch if using 32-bit Office in 64-bit Windows], which will allow them to work without interference. If they are anywhere else, when you open them in Word 2000-2003, a warning comes up, and you should click on ‘Enable macros’. In Word 2007 and 2010, a warning bar appears at the top of the screen. Click on the ‘Options’ button and from the menu select ‘Enable this content’.

Antioch 2 uses new versions of these AutoCorrect lists, which makes it easier to cope with the separate AutoCorrect lists for each language in Word 2000-2010. These are for use with Antioch 2 and 3 only: there are lists for Antioch 1 on the Antioch 1 page here.

To download the Greek list (76 KB), click here.
Extra for New Testament scholars: a list of all forms of hagios, Iesous, and Christos, which you can insert into the above document (19 KB) – to download, click here.
To download the Hebrew list (46 KB), click here.

Please revisit this page from time to time to find what else we have on offer.

If you have any questions, or if you need special fonts made to order, please email

Ralph Hancock
18 August 2018

Update history

4 October 2015, v.3.5.0 (64- and 32-bit): now works in Windows 10 and Word 2016, retaining compatibility with earlier versions.
22 December 2014, v.3.4.3 (32-bit).
17 December 2014, v.3.4.3 (64-bit): installer modified to deal with problems in finding paths.
3 January 2013, v.3.3.1: installer now copes with extra security measures recently introduced in Windows 8, and is compatible with Office 2013.
1 January 2013, v.3.2.1: test version, not issued.
17 May 2012, v.3.1.1: installer now checks that user has administrator's privileges, and puts up a warning if not. Program remains the same.
6 April 2012, v.3.0.2: the first alpha versions for 32- and 64-bit Windows. The installer now reliably removes all the files left over from Antioch 2.11. A problem in Word 2010 affecting the underdot in Greek is now fixed, and there is no longer any need to set up ‘Themes’.
19 March 2012, v.3.0.1 for 32-bit Windows issued as beta version, to accompany the 64-bit version.
18 March 2012, v.3.0.1: manual and help file updated, a few minor niggles fixed. Issued as beta version; 64-bit version issued first.
11 March 2012, v.3.0.0: first version of Antioch 3: separate installers for 32- and 64-bit Windows. This is the first version of Antioch specifically for the ‘ribbon’ versions of Word, 2007 and 2010. Can be used with 64-bit Word. New keyboard buttons on Quick Access Toolbar. Problem of changing back to roman font fixed. Test version, not issued.
16 May 2011, v.2.11.52: installer changed to cope with unusual file locations in Word.
Version 2.11.51, test version, not issued.
27 May 2010, v 2.10.50 for Word 2010. Only the installer is changed: the program remains the same.
30 December 2009, v 2.09.48 for Windows XP, Vista and 7, and for Word from 2000 to 2007. The differences between versions are now eliminated. Now with Unicode 5 Hebrew, requiring a new version of the Vusillus font – though the Greek part of the font remains the same.
Versions 2.07 and 2.08, test versions for Unicode 5 Hebrew, not issued.
10 June 2007, v 2.06.41 for Vista. Only the installer is changed: the program is the same as the previous version, which remains available. It also works in Windows 7, without alteration.
10 June 2007, v 2.05.40 promoted to main version, v 2.04.39 removed.
3 April 2007, v 2.05.40: version for users of Word 2007 with Windows XP. Issued as beta version.
27 February 2005, v 2.04.39: corrections to minor faults in fast converter and errors in manual.
3 November 2004, v 2.03.38: new switch for using tonos rather than classical acute, anticpating the coming changes to Unicode.
2 November 2004, v 2.03.37: experimental version with switch for tonos (see above). Minor fault in SIL Greek font converter mended. Version not issued.
18 September 2004, v 2.02.36: main template file now better protected against unwanted effects of other templates in the same folder.
22 August 2004, v 2.01.35: the first alpha version, and the first version of Antioch 2 with Hebrew. Also includes fixes for faults found earlier in Greek.
15 July 2004, v 2.00.20 not yet changed, improved patch to fix both faults in the GreekKeys converter – see above.
8 July 2004, v 2.00.20 not yet changed, but there is now a patch for one fault in the GreekKeys converter – see above.
November 2003 to August 2004, versions 2.00.21 to 2.00.34: development of Hebrew side. Not issued, but v 2.00.30 was sent to users on request.
10 November 2003, v 2.00.20: minor corrections to converters for old 7-bit Greek formats, to deal with occasional lenis/apostrophe problems.
4 November 2003, v 2.00.19: same as 2.00.18 but now installs the latest version of the Vusillus font, dated 1 October 2003.
3 November 2003, v 2.00.18: now installs in Word 2003. Registration system changed to simplify installation on networks. Updating a registered copy will still preserve registration. Bug affecting automatic mapping of shifted numeral keys on UK keyboards cured. Not issued.
3 June 2003, v 2.00.17: improvement to installer to ensure that it always deletes Antioch 1 fully. Program itself same as in the previous version.
25 April 2003, v 2.00.16: fix for bug causing registration reminder to appear to registered users. Separate macros added to allow starting the keyboard and Greek search with a keystroke, as in Antioch 1.
23 April 2003, v 2.00.15: font instability problem solved.
21 April 2003, v 2.00.14: corrections to converters of older fonts. Font instability discovered to apply only to computers with Far Eastern language support enabled, so most users won’t be affected – but we are still going to fix it.
13 April 2003, v 2.00.13: epsilons and omicrons with circumflex accents selected from private use area for compatibility with GR fonts. Font instability with unsusual characters partly fixed (will be totally fixed in future version). Greek h and capital Kai symbol added to special characters menu.
12 April 2003, v 2.00.12: more work on same problem. Version not issued.
11 April 2003, v 2.00.11: work on problem (in Windows XP only) of unusual characters appearing in wrong font.
10 April 2003, v 2.00.10: minor fixes to separate diacritics.
9 April 2003, v 2.00.09: first beta release.