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Stele [Gr.; pl. stelai; Lat. stela, pl. stelae]locked

  • Dominique Collon,
  • Nigel Strudwick,
  • Margaret Lyttleton,
  • Peter Wiedehage,
  • Sheila S. Blair
  •  and Elizabeth P. Benson


Stone or pillar set upright in commemoration of some event or as a marker for a grave. Stelae are frequently carved or inscribed (see fig.). Most areas of the world at most periods have produced such objects, but they are often called by other names and the word stele is used chiefly in the Mediterranean world....

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