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The “talent” (Latin: talentum, from Ancient Greek: τάλαντον, talanton ‘scale, balance’) was one of several ancient units of mass, as well as corresponding units of value equivalent to these masses of a precious metal. The measurement “talent” was used for many different substances however the actual weight of the substance that made up 1 talent varied. For example a water talent was how much water filled an amphora whereas a silver talent was roughly 30Kg. It was approximately the mass of water required to fill an amphora. A Greek, or Attic talent, was 26 kilograms (57 lb), a Roman talent was 32.3 kilograms (71 lb), an Egyptian talent was 27 kilograms (60 lb), and a Babylonian talent was 30.3 kilograms (67 lb). Ancient Israel, and other Levantine countries, adopted the Babylonian talent, but later revised the mass. The heavy common talent, used in New Testament times, was 58.9 kilograms (130 lb).
The talent of gold was known to Homer, who described how Achilles gave a half-talent of…

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