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History any of various ancient units of weight and money
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the largest unit of weight and money in ancient Greece, as well as Asia Minor, Babylonia, and Persia. In Greece the talent was divided into 60 minas (one mina = 100 drachmas). During the reforms of Solon (594 B.C), a minor Attic talent was introduced, containing 26.2 kg of silver (reduced later, in the time of Alexander the Great, to 25.9 kg), that became the most widely used monetary unit. The Aeginetan talent contained 37 kg. In the Assyrian-Babylonian system of measures, the talent was equal to 30.3 kg.

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X FACTOR finalists have been rubbished as a bunch of talentless no-hopers - by judge Sharon Osbourne's nephew.
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His exit stage left, when it came, somehow seems entirely appropriate for one so talentless.
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The vacuous, talentless horror show that they get paid millions of dollars for, when there are people who are teaching kids every day that are trying to scrape by and earn a living.
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