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What is the Imperium font?

Imperium is the official font of the Imperium Romanum, the Roman Empire.
Only because my youngest son decided to learn Latin do I know the Romans had another font for everyday use – Scriptura Vulgaris, an italic script. More…
Among typomaniacs the official Capitalis Monumentalis from the Trajan column (113 AD) is considered the ultimate in Roman lettering. Based on this lettering a variety of font designs are available, but all of them have tried to improve the Roman original. Albrecht Dürer (1525) was one of the first to reconstruct the Roman capitals, Frederic Goudy did a fantasic job as well as many others (most of the fonts are called Trajan).
I thought I would just give you the unchanged original as it appears on the Trajan column without constructing or putting a philosophy behind the letters.
Unfortunately, because of stupid graffiti-happy tourists, the modern Romans had to surround the column with heavy-duty iron bars. I could not trace the lettering directly, so I had to rely on my photographs. In order to make it usable for today, I added small caps, numerals and all the diacritical marks — even Yen and Euro signs. I designed a complete set without changing the original appearance.
The Romans were heavy users of ligatures so I added all the ligatures I could find (capitals only). To top things off, I added a relief capital letters alphabet for use as initials. It has got the same spacing as the smallcaps alphabet, so you can produce a two-tone effect by overlaying the relief over the normal capitals.
Your very imperial Gert Wiescher

Imperium Font families

The Imperium includes the following font families:

  • Imperium
  • Imperium Ligatures
  • Imperium Relief

Imperium Preview

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

The short answer is no. Imperium 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 Imperium, 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 Imperium 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 Imperium is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Imperium and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Imperium. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Imperium for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Imperium 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 Imperium remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Imperium and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on 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. :)