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stele, stela

finial to a Greek stele
1. In classical architecture and derivatives, an upright stone, usually a slab, marking a grave.
2. A wall area set aside as a memorial.
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The Israel Stela has gone far in its presentation of the verbal constructions, ones that Edward Wente saw already in 1959 as prevalent in the Medinet Habu narrations of Ramesses III, the historical section of P.
"In addition to the Tempest Stela, a text known as the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus from the reign of Ahmose also makes a special point of mentioning thunder and rain, which further proved that the scholars under Ahmose paid close and particular attention to matters of weather," said Ritner.
Freidel said that his epigrapher, Stanley Guenter, who deciphered the text, believes that Stela 44 was originally dedicated about 1,450 years ago, in the calendar period ending in AD 564, by the Wak dynasty King Wa'oom Uch'ab Tzi'kin, a title that translates roughly as "He Who Stands Up the Offering of the Eagle."
That this stela is in three sections does assist the process, but it puts into perspective just what an extraordinary achievement it was for Aksumites to first mine the solid granite blocks, carve them so precisely, move them some 4km from their quarries to the royal burial site and then erect them.
There, they made an astonishing discovery: the stela of Hammurabi's Code.
The name has shown up in three other early Maya sites, appearing on a stela and a pair of earrings.
In a vibrant, understated prose that has been handsomely rendered into English by Stela Tomasevic, Jergovic brings a powerful cocktail of irony, humor, and detachment to the daunting task of crafting stories asserting the potency of lives that continue to improbably unfurl against a backdrop of bullets and explosions or resonate after they are cut brutally short.
Stela Artemi, a Moldovan Economics student, says that her visit to Caux last summer 'totally changed' her.
The largest stela, a single 33m stone, lies on the ground, snapped into three pieces (archaeologists think it collapsed on erection); the next largest, evocatively called the 'stolen one', was removed by the Italians in 1937 and now stands in Rome.