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The art teacher was proficient in the art of calligraphy.
He made the abbey school into a model of excellence, and many students flocked to it; he had numerous manuscripts copied, the calligraphy of which is of extraordinary beauty (v.
HIERAX, or Hieracas, a learned ascetic who flourished about the end of the 3rd century at Leontopolis in Egypt, where he lived to the age of ninety, supporting himself by calligraphy and devoting his leisure to scientific and literary pursuits, especially to the study of the Bible.
George Thomson's The Illuminated Lettering Kit: Materials, Techniques, & Projects for Decorative Calligraphy includes a good instruction book and the materials you'll need to create your own calligraphy.
Western calligraphy can be traced back to the Roman alphabet, but several other societies, including the Mayans, Indians, Japanese, Chinese, and Persians, have used calligraphy alphabets to beautifully express the written word.