Steles are inscribed, upright stones that could be used as boundary markers, to celebrate a victory, to honour the gods, or for many other purposes. They were most often used as funerary markers on which the deceased were featured, in the presence of the gods, and a list of provisions and offerings was inscribed to provide sustenance in the afterlife. The inscriptions on pharaohs' steles often boasted about their exploits. One of the common themes was the pharaoh's superior ability to make wise decisions. Narratives recount how pharaohs asked their courtiers for advice then rejected the suggestions given in favour of their own plans.
An upright, (usually) tall, rectangular stone monument, often with carved decorations and/or text. Though they are all over ancient Ethiopia, Axum has the greatest concentration of them. Technically, our standing grave stones are stelae. Stele is word used in archeological that comes to English from Greek by way of Latin. A stele is oblong in cross section while an obelisk, its close neighbor, is square.
A stele (from Greek: , stÄ“lÄ“, ; plural: stelae, , stÄ“lai, ; also found: Latinised singular stela and Anglicised plural steles) is a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funerary or commemorative purposes, most usually decorated with the names and titles of the deceased or living—inscribed, carved in relief (bas-relief, sunken-relief, high-relief, etc), or painted onto the slab.
In a vascular plant, the stele is the central part of the root or stem containing the vascular tissue and occasionally a pith. The concept of the stele was developed in the late nineteenth century by P. E. L. van Tieghem as a model for understanding the relationship between the shoot and root, and for discussing the evolution of vascular plant morphology.