epitome) [German version] A. Definition
Epitomḗ (from ἐπιτέμνειν;
epitómnein, ‘abbreviate’, ‘cut to size’, Aristot. Soph. el. 174b 29; Theophr. Hist. pl. 6,6,6): as an ideal type, it is a form of reduced written text  somewhere between an excerpt and a paraphrase, generally of prose works (exception
i.a. the lost Virgil epitomes ), and themselves written in prose (exception: Ausonius'
Caesares). Extreme brevity is the declared aim of an epitome: decorative features of the original, such as speeches, or digressions, …