Achaemenid Lion Weight

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 April 2016

One side of this heavy weight is inscribed in Aramaic with "correct according to the stater of silver". This probably refers to the use of a weight standard based on the silver coins known as staters. This object weighs just over 31 kg, which broadly corresponds to a Babylonian talent of about 30 kg and the Greek equivalent of 29-30 kg. From Abydus, near Troy, Turkey. Achaemenid Period, Mid-6th to 4th centuries BCE. (The British Museum, London)



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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