I.a block of stone used as a prop or buttress to a wall, Il.: a block of rockcrystal, in which the Egyptian mummies were cased, Hdt.
II.a block or slab, bearing an inscription; and so,
1.a gravestone, Hom., attic
, inscribed with record of victories, dedications, treaties, decrees, etc., Hdt.
, attic; γράφειν τινὰ εἰς στήλην, ἀναγράφειν ἐν στήλῃ
, whether for honour, or for infamy, Hdt.
:—also the record
itself, a contract, agreement
, κατὰ τὴν στήλην
according to agreement
; στῆλαι αἱ πρὸς Θηβαίους Dem.
a boundary post, Xen.
:— the turning-post
at the end of the racecourse, Lat. meta