Marble Cubid Weight Carved with Eros from Khirbet Ibtin

Rivka Gersht, Peter Gendelman

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Abstract'. The Khirbet Ibtin cuboid weight, sculpted with an image of a sleeping Eros, was found in a house of a Roman village-possibly ancient Gamada/Gamda-situated in Western Galilee. The article places the weight within the frame of cuboid weights from other sites outside the Land of Israel; explores the issue of marked and unmarked weight values; the iconography, provenance and craftsmanship of the weight; and the significance the Khirbet Ibtin weight, ornamented with a sleeping Eros, could have had where agriculture was the essence of the settlement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-168
Number of pages18
JournalScripta Classica Israelica
StatePublished - 2021


  • Brick-like weights
  • Cuboid weights
  • Eros on weights
  • Hellenistic and roman stone weights
  • Khirbet ibtin
  • Marble weights
  • Sleeping eros iconography
  • Unmarked weight values
  • Western galilee


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