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hoplite

(hŏp`līt), heavy infantryinfantry,
body of soldiers who fight in an army on foot and are equipped with hand-carried weapons, in contradistinction originally to cavalry and other branches of an army.
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 soldier in the armies of classical Greece. Hoplites were usually protected by helmets, cuirasses, and leg armor. They carried large shields, javelins, heavy swords, and sometimes battle-axes and fought in the tightly organized phalanxphalanx,
ancient Greek formation of infantry. The soldiers were arrayed in rows (8 or 16), with arms at the ready, making a solid block that could sweep bristling through the more dispersed ranks of the enemy.
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 formation. In classical Greece, hoplites were often citizens of city-states, who paid for their weaponry as a duty of citizenship. Among the most famous hoplites was SocratesSocrates
, 469–399 B.C., Greek philosopher of Athens. Famous for his view of philosophy as a pursuit proper and necessary to all intelligent men, he is one of the great examples of a man who lived by his principles even though they ultimately cost him his life.
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, who fought for Athens during the Peloponnesian WarPeloponnesian War
, 431–404 B.C., decisive struggle in ancient Greece between Athens and Sparta. It ruined Athens, at least for a time. The rivalry between Athens' maritime domain and Sparta's land empire was of long standing. Athens under Pericles (from 445 B.C.
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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.
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However, such affluent members would likely have been, in large part, members of the Athenian hoplite class, admission to which required possession of a hoplite panoply.
My intent is to explore whether this [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and the military professionalisation which it represents, could be understood, with limited reference to the phalanx, not as the mastery of a certain military skill but rather as the acquisition and practice of a certain mental disposition, an [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] into which the professional hoplite is trained.
Arising from a conference on Greek hoplite warfare (Yale U.
Yet despite the advance in military technology, the hoplite or legionary with his spear and sword remained the bulwark of ancient armies; artillery did not change the fundamentals of warfare.
This Macedonian phalanx employed a longer spear, or sarrisa, than Greek hoplites, also elevated peasants to paid members of the king's "foot companions and changed infantry combat completely by providing a unit with greater combat power, flexibility, and maneuverability than the traditional hoplite phalanx.
7) While mass hoplite battles were fairly rare, even more limited skirmishes between smaller numbers of Greek infantry would have been sudden and violent.
On Wednesday 23rd November 2011, the Year 5 and 6 children from Falla Park Primary School visited the famous Hancock Museum to learn all about the mighty Ancient Greek Hoplite forces, but ended up learning so much more.