Stela (monument)

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July 1, 2022

Stela (from the Greek, στήλη, stēlē; plural, στήλαι, stēlai and from the Latin stela; plural, stelae) is the denomination of a monument, usually monolithic with inscriptions, in the form of a tombstone, pedestal or cippus, which stands on the ground and it can have a commemorative, funerary, religious, magical-healing or geographical function. Texts, signs, symbols, and figures were inscribed on them, describing the reason for their location, constituting important documents for archaeologists and historians, supported by specialists in epigraphy. They are normally monolithic, made of various stone materials and various sizes, some of which can reach large dimensions. The commemorative stelae, of a funerary nature, were erected from remote dates, by peoples of diverse cultures and regions, continuing their use today.

Remarkable trails

In Europe Cantabrian wake discoid wake Lapis Niger Stone of the Guanches In Asian Mesopotamia Stele of Naram-Suen from Akkad Hammurabi's Code In Israel/Egypt: Stela of Amenothep III and on the reverse reused as Stela of Merneptah Egyptian Museum, room R 12, Nr inv.: JE 31405|CG 34025 Stele of Table In Egypt: rosetta stone palermo stone Estela MetternichIn China: Stele of SiganfuIn America: Peru: Stele of Raimondi Mexico: Stela 1 of La Mojarra Guatemala: Black Stones Honduras: Copan Stela H Bolivia: Stela Bennett or Pachamama, Bennett Monolith

References

Bibliography

Boardman, John, ed. The Cambridge Ancient History, Part 1, 2nd Edition, (ISBN 9780521224963 | ISBN 0-521-22496-9).

External Links

Wikimedia Commons hosts a media category on Stela. Limestone funerary Stela: Egypt. Retrieved June 24, 2012.