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Lewis : libellus

libellus, lĭbellus, i, m. dim. 3. liber. * The inner bark of a tree, used for writing-tablets: levis in aridulo malvae descripta libello (carmina), Cinna ap. Isid. Orig. 6, 12.

Transf., a little book, pamphlet, esp. a book written in pages, and not in long rolls: epistulae, quas primus videtur ad paginas et formam memorialis libelli convertisse (opp. transversa charta), Suet. Caes. 56. In gen.: scripsi etiam illud quodam in libello, Cic. de Or. 1, 21, 94: in quodam joculari libello, Quint. 8, 6, 73; 2, 13, 15: quoi dono lepidum novum libellum, Cat. 1, 1: horribilis et sacer, id. 14, 12: quicquid hoc libelli est, id. 1, 8: libellis eum (Scipionem) palaestraeque operam dare, to books, Liv. 29, 19 fin.: nostri farrago libelli, Juv. 1, 86.—Of a single satire, Hor. S. 1, 10, 92.

In plur., poet., a bookseller's shop: te (quaesivimus) in omnibus libellis, Cat. 55, 4 (dub.; al. labellis); Mart. 5, 20, 8.

In partic., a writing of any kind. A memorandumbook, journal, diary: si quid memoriae causā retulit in libellum, Cic. Phil. 1, 8, 19: in commentariolis et chirographis et libellis, id. ib. 1, 7, 16; Quint. 12, 8, 5; cf. id. 10, 7, 31; 11, 3, 142; 6, 2, 5.

A memorial: non illi in libellis laudationum decreta miserunt, Cic. Clu. 69, 197.

A petition: Atticus libellum composuit: eum mihi dedit, ut darem Caesari, Cic. Att. 16, 16, A, 4: libellum alicui porrigere, Suet. Aug. 53: supplices libelli, Mart. 8, 31, 3: vitem posce libello, Juv. 14, 193: libellos signare, subnotare, to answer petitions: libellos signare, Suet. Aug. 50: subnotare libellos, Plin. Ep. 1, 10, 9; so, ad libellum rescribere, Mos. et Rom. Leg. Coll. 3, 3, 5: libellos agere, to have the charge of answering petitions, Dig. 20, 5, 12: a libellis, the officer charged with receiving petitions: Epaphroditum a libellis capitali poena condemnavit, Suet. Dom. 14; Inscr. Grut. 587, 9: A LIBELLIS ADIVTOR, ib. 587, 7.

A note of invitation, to hear a lecture, see a play, etc., a notice, programme: gladiatorum libellos venditare, Cic. Phil. 2, 38, 97: domum mutuatur et subsellia conducit et libellos dispergit, Tac. Or. 9: munerarius, the programme of a festival, Treb. Claud. 5.

A public notification, announcement, placard, handbill: edere per libellos, Suet. Caes. 41: libellos Sex. Alfenus, procurator P. Quincti, deicit, tears down the auction handbills, Cic. Quint. 6, 27: suspensum amici bonis libellum, Sen. Ben. 4, 12: vestitur tota libellis porticus, Juv. 12, 100.

A letter: (laetitias) in libello hoc opsignato quas tuli pausillulo, Plaut. Ps. 2, 4, 16 (cf. epistulam, id. ib. v. 26): libellum ipsius habeo in quo, etc., Cic. Att. 6, 1, 5: ut ex libellis ejus animadverti, Brut. ap. Cic. Fam. 11, 11, 1.

A libel, lampoon, pasquinade (post-Aug.): libellos aut carmina ad infamiam cujuspiam edere, Suet. Aug. 55; id. Caes. 80; id. Vit. 14: sparsos de se in Curia famosos libellos, id. Aug. 55: sive quis ad infamiam alicujus libellum aut carmen scripserit, Gai. Inst. 3, 220: injuriam patimur ... famosis libellis, Paul. Sent. 5, 4, 1.

A written accusalion or complaint (post-Aug.): componunt ipsae per se formantque libellos, Juv. 6, 244; Dig. 48, 2, 3.

A lawyer's brief: quid causidicis praestent magno comites in fasce libelli? Juv. 7, 107.

An attestation, certificate: significent id libello manu sua subscripto, Dig. 39, 4, 4.