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A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

[Greek hoplītēs, from hoplon, armor.]

hop·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
[C18: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare]
hoplitic adj


(ˈhɒp laɪt)

a heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
[1720–30; < Greek hoplitēs=hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1]


A Greek heavily armed foot soldier who largely replaced the more aristocratic cavalry and chariot fighter.


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A man may sell all that he has, and another may acquire his property; yet after the sale he may dwell in the city of which he is no longer a part, being neither trader, nor artisan, nor horseman, nor hoplite, but only a poor, helpless creature.
The dirty, fear-ridden and often brutalizing life of the combat soldier today is little different from that of the Greek hoplite 2,500 years ago.
Thus, to fight professionally becomes to make a choice between two irreconcilable [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], which the hoplite has to face dynamically, at every step of the battle.
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.
The newly elected 2011-2012 TASN Board of Directors includes: Brittany Conley, President; Mandy Jenks, Vice President; Cassaundra Hoplite, Secretary; Tara Vilicana, Treasurer; Kristian Hailey, Breakthrough to Nursing/Legislative Director; Taylor Anderson, East Regional Director; Rosza Branson, Middle Regional Director; Ginny Huntsberry, West Regional Director; Eric Howard, BSN, BS, RN, TNA/TASN Liaison; and Ellen Morris, BSN, RN, TNA/TASN Liaison.
This was also the time of the Hoplite revolution, occasioned by bronze armor and by the innovation of cavalry.
He was killed in kledonic retribution by the Spartan hoplite Arimnestos.
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.
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.
High angles of attack can be programmed, up to 900, making the Hoplite S ideal for urban targets.
Arising from a conference on Greek hoplite warfare (Yale U.
Historians have often been confronted by this requirement: the so-called hoplite armies are part of the phalanx assemblage; the stirrup is selected by the diagram of feudalism; the burrowing stick, the hoe and the plough do not form a linear progression but refer respectively to collective machines which vary with the density of the population and the time of the fallow.