Herculanum®

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What is the Herculanum® font?

Herculanum is a part of the 1990 program “Type before Gutenberg”, which included the work of twelve contemporary font designers and represented styles from across the ages.
Herculanum is a work of Swiss typeface designer Adrian Frutiger. It takes its name from the city of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman resort town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows from Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD (the same eruption that destroyed the nearby city of Pompeii). Herculaneum’s ruins are located today in the commune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy. Ancient Roman writings of the 1st century influenced the font’s design. Herculanum is distinguished by its broad characters with narrow strokes and its willful character.

Herculanum® Font families

The Herculanum® includes the following font families:

  • Herculanum Pro Roman
  • Herculanum Pro Bold
  • Herculanum Pro Outline
  • Herculanum Std Roman
  • Herculanum Bold
  • Herculanum Outline

Herculanum® Preview

Here is a preview of how Herculanum® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.


You're probably thinking - Is Herculanum® available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Herculanum® is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Herculanum®, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Herculanum® and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Herculanum® is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Herculanum® and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Herculanum®. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Herculanum® for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Herculanum® Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Herculanum® remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Herculanum® and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts.com. Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)