Hoplites


Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to Hoplites: Achilles

Hoplites

 

ancient Greek heavily armed infantry. Hoplites were each armed with a spear, a sword, a long shield, a helmet, armor, and greaves. They fought in close line formation in phalanxes (from eight to 25 rows). They were made up of average free landowners who armed themselves at their own expense. After the fourth century, as a result of the ruin of the middle-level free population, the hoplite militia lost its importance and was gradually replaced by mercenaries.

References in periodicals archive ?
Sparta invaded Attica in the hope of drawing out and defeating the incensed Athenian hoplites, while Athens gathered its allies and prepared a hundred ships for a raid on the Peloponnese.
The Spartans were largely responsible for keeping the alliance together, and then in the summer of 479 BCE, the Spartan generals directed the combined force of hoplites to a great victory that ended the Persian threat to Greek freedom.
The heavily equipped ancient Grecian spearmen known as hoplites have recently began appearing in popular culture such as movies and graphic novels, say Bardunias and Ray, but in the process their image has been distorted considerably from the reality.
Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Classical Greece.
Register now online now, log onto Para Fit Hoplites website by going to: parafithoplites.
La polis es andres gar polis, cuerpo de ciudadanos, de hombres y, por antonomasia, de guerreros: hippies, hoplites y teetes, que participan, metokhei, de la vida publica.
In negotiating between her maternal status and her martial proclivities, Medea even invites comparison of herself to a hoplite in the phalanx: "I would very much rather stand three times in line of battle than give birth once" (250l).
Xenophon's remarks are likely to derive from his personal expertise in the field, and are evidently confirmed for earlier events: when hoplites are deployed [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and without [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] heavy losses are to be expected (cf.
another runner's discipline--the race of hoplites, so called hoplitodromos (it was a two staduim's lengths running race--diaulos--with full armour and later, since 450 B.
Did the Four Hundred appoint a trusted captain on board and/or a number of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], hoplites who acted as marines in naval engagements?
It is the great merit of Max Boot's study of guerrilla war that he stresses the venerable history of this style of fighting, starting with Thucydides's account of how the Aetolian highlanders used their maneuverability and knowledge of the local terrain to defeat the hoplites of Athens in 426 BC.
This book by Matthew, who recently completed his doctoral thesis on which the book is based, offers a detailed account of the hoplites (spearmen) who fought in the classical Greek armies.