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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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Herodotus only mentions the 300 Spartiates chosen by Leonidas (7.205.2) and gives a total of 3,100 Peloponnesian hoplites (7.202); but he later quotes an epitaph (7.228.1) to the effect that 4,000 men from the Peloponnese fought at Thermopylae.
Athens was the tragic polis, because tragedy was as essential to its political development as was the success of its hoplite troops.
The Greek hoplite, heavily armed with body armor, spear, sword, and shield, fighting in tight formation, was superior to the Persian infantry.
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Because there are no ancient texts that comprehensively detail the movements employed by individual hoplite soldiers, there is also a lack of consensus among modern scholars on how to reconstruct the "hoplite drill." Christopher Matthew jumps into this fray with a completely new approach to solving the problem.
(7.) For the nature of the sharp end in Greek hoplite warfare, see Victor David Hanson, The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece (Berkeley: Univ.
A storm of spears; understanding the Greek Hoplite at war.
He finds, based on weights of existing period armor (adjusted for corrosion and missing leather or linen components), that the Greek hoplite carried between 28 and 45 pounds rather than the 70 or more pounds people had assumed.
Thus the Theban hoplite force consisted of at least 300 elite soldiers, about 2100 well-trained and experienced Theban soldiers and the rest must have been adequately trained hoplites from the allies of Thebes.
On a recent blue-sky day, the Hoplite Hoard trucked my busted bod out to the Rat Canyon Range an' commenced covering all horizontal surfaces with featherweight firearms, knives and sundry accessories.
on one side the regular, maybe-voting American citizen is held in contempt by a hoplite of the 300 and the millions who are citizens of the confederacy.
In his thesis, Hanson described commonalities associated with the hoplite that persist through each succeeding incarnation of the Western warrior that includes today's fighting man.