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Bob Hook

I think the inclusion of Christ, saints and angels and other religious symbols in the illuminated manuscripts are definitely the influence of Byzantine art. I think you can find Classical influence in the addition of animals and human figures woven in among the pages of the manuscripts. I think The Book of Kells is a prime example of this, with angels, a human head, cats, and mice sharing a host wafer all on the page with the Greeks letters Chi and Rho the first two letters in the name Christ.