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.
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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.