(in form the dim. of liber
A small book, i. e. roll, usually a book of verse (cf. Birt, Das antike
, p. 22 [Berlin, 1882]).
A memorial of any kind, whether an accusation or petition.
A pasquinade, lampoon, or satirical skit (whence our word “libel”),
intended to ridicule or defame (libellus famosus
). Such were severely
punished by the Twelve Tables, and later they were often publicly burned (Dio Cass. lvi. 27);
but they were always numerous at Rome, especially in times of political excitement. (See
Rein, Das Criminalrecht der Römer
, pp. 378 foll., 531.)
See Orationes Principum
A notice of appeal (libellus appellatorius;
A hand-bill or programme of the gladiatorial games (libellus
A hand-bill or public notice of any sort posted up in the most frequented parts of the city
6, 15, 9; De Benef.
iv. 12; Plaut.
Rud. v. 2, 7