So I'm reading up a bit on Alexander the Great, and one thing stuck out for me.

"Plutarch and Arrian mention the ransom offered for the prisoners was 10,000 talents, but Diodorus, Curtius and Justin give a figure of 30,000"

How much is 10k or 30k talents? One thing I found is:

" The Homeric talent "as money" was probably the gold equivalent of the value of an ox or a cow.<2>#citenote-Seltman-2) Based on a statement from a later Greek source that "the talent of Homer was equal in amount to the later Daric <... i.e.> two Attic drachmas" and analysis of finds from a Mycenaean grave-shaft, a weight of about 8.4 gm can be established for this money talent.<<2>>(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talent(measurement)#cite_note-Seltman-2) The talent of gold was known to Homer, who described how Achilles gave a half-talent of gold to Antilochus as a prize."

But that's from good 200 years earlier, so not likely to be relevant.

Whenever I read about ancient or even medieval currencies I have a bit of a hard time understanding how much a unit of any of those currencies was worth, how much buying power they had. Of course I know that their worth could change over time quite a bit, like when they started minting the coins with less gold/silver, but still, if someone could give me a simplistic and more general idea or picture of their worth at the time, I'd be thankful.

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