slaves who were employed for writing or
copying in any way, and sometimes also the readers or reciters (ANAGNOSTAE
) were included
under this name (Orelli, 2872). They must be distinguished from the Scribae publici,
who were freemen [SCRIBA
], and also from the
booksellers, who were also called librarii
under LINER). The slaves to whom this name of
was given may be divided into
who were employed in copying books,
called Scriptores Librarii by Horace (Ars Poet.
librarii were also called antiquarii,
correctly, the antiquarii
were a special class
who were skilled in reading and
copying ancient MSS. (see Isid. Orig.
6.14; Cod. Theod. 4.8,
2; Auson. Ep.
16; and Becker-Göll, Gallus,
2.423). The name librarii
was also given to the slaves who had charge of
libraries, and to those who made up the book-rolls, more properly called
2. Librarii a studiis
were slaves who were
employed by their masters when studying to make extracts from books,
&c. (Orelli, Inscr.
; Cic. Fam. 16.2. 1
this class the notarii,
or short-hand writers,
belonged, who could write down rapidly whatever their masters dictated to
them. (Plin. Ep. 2.5
; Martial, 14.208
3. Librarii ab epistolis,
whose principal duty
was to write letters from their master's dictation. (Orelli,
2437, 2997, &c.) To this class belonged the
slaves called ad munum, a manu,
] (See also Marquardt,
151, and Becker-Göll, l.c.