Epistula • Epistulae • Epistola • Epistolae • a letter, epistle, a written imperial decree • From Ancient Greek ἐπιστολή (epistolḗ), from ἐπιστέλλω (epistéllō, “I send a message”), from ἐπί (epí, “upon”) + στέλλω (stéllō, “I prepare, send”).
Littera • Litterae • From earlier Lītera, with lengthening of the consonant, from Old Latin leitera, from **PIE *leyt- (“to scratch”). Alternatively, perhaps via Etruscan from Ancient Greek διφθέρᾱ (diphthérā, “tablet”), of unknown ultimate origin. • Lītera • Literae an alphabet letter, handwriting, letter, epistle, literature, books, records, accounts, edict, ordinance
Manūscrīpt • Manūscrīptus • Manūscrīpta • Manūscrīptum • manuscript, hand-written • Palimpsēt • Palimpsēstus • Palimpsēstī • palimpsest; a manuscript scraped clean for reuse. • From Ancient Greek παλίμψηστος (palímpsēstos, “scratched or scraped again”).
Inscrīptiō Inscrīptiōnēs inscription, title • inscrībō + -tiō. • From in- (“in, on; onto”) + Scrībō (“write”) From Proto-Italic skreiβō to carve (with scrīptus for *scriptus after scrīpsī), from PIE (s)kreybʰ- (to scratch, to tear) . Cognates include Ancient Greek σκάριφος (skáriphos) planing, writing, drawing.
Incidental ancient writing, jotting down, noting down: inscripting with a stylus into a layer of beeswax.
Scrībō From Proto-Italic skreiβō to carve (with scrīptus for *scriptus after scrīpsī), from PIE (s)kreybʰ- (to scratch, to tear) . Cognates include Ancient Greek σκάριφος (skáriphos) planing, writing, drawing. • Wax Tablet
Liber • Librī • From Proto-Italic lufros, from Proto-Indo-European lubʰrós, from lewbʰ- (“to peel, cut off, harm”), perhaps from lew- (“to cut off”). Cognate with Old Church Slavonic лѹбъ (lubŭ, “bark of a tree”), Lithuanian lùpti (“to peel, to shell”). See also English leaf, lobby, lodge, Ancient Greek λυπή (lupḗ, “pain”).
Bibliothēca • Bbibliothēcae • From Ancient Greek βιβλιοθήκη (bibliothḗkē, library, bookcase, records office, compilation ), from βιβλίον (biblíon) Strip of papyrus, Small book, tablet, letter, Any book or writing + θήκη (thḗkē) box, chest, grave, tomb, sword sheath.