Eighty minae

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Tradition has it that Epicurus bought his Garden for eighty minae. In ancient Greece, 60 minae was equivalent to one talent, or 26kg of silver. 80 minae is thus 1-1/3 talents = 35kg = 1,234.5 ounces of silver. As of June, 2007, 1,234.5 ounces of silver @ $13.75/oz is worth nearly USD 17,000 -- a real estate bargain by modern standards, but perhaps a dear price by ancient standards.

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