I am looking for a Latin word or phrase that can express the concept of a ‘reading sheet’, which is a document that summarizes the main information of a book or a text. Is there such a word or phrase in classical or medieval Latin? If not, how would you coin one?

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    If you (or others) are searching for such a word, you might find it helpful to look for terms like 'summary', 'precis' or 'abstract' rather than 'reading sheet', which doesn't seem to be widely-used.
    – dbmag9
    Mar 20, 2023 at 21:11

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The ancient Greeks called this an ἐπιτομή, literally "cutting down". This word was borrowed into Latin as either epitoma (-ae) or epitomē (-ēs), depending on how pretentious you want to be.

  • I thought of using epitome (as in Epitome Historiae Graecae) but was not sure, thanks
    – user12055
    Mar 21, 2023 at 11:15

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