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A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

[Greek hoplītēs, from hoplon, armor.]

hop·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
[C18: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare]
hoplitic adj
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(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]
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A Greek heavily armed foot soldier who largely replaced the more aristocratic cavalry and chariot fighter.
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nHoplit m
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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.
58) that armorers in Egypt first developed Greek images of the male body in marble (a theory that would neatly fuse Pharaonic "men of bronze," or Greek hoplites in Egyptian service [Herodotus 11.152], with their representation, however unlikely).
Fear hoplites (Greek warriors) at war with the Persian Empire and enjoy Greek drama, a popular pastime in ancient Greece.
The Chimei's other showstopper aside from the Rodin gallery and some masterpieces of French realism is its exhibit of ancient arms and armor, from the time of the Greek hoplites and medieval knights to the Japanese samurai and English crossbowmen.
They're in league with the same pirates who've been haranguing Greek fleets across the Aegean, and while Amanra rallies support from among her loyalists, she receives a very welcome ally in Arkantos and his hoplites, who with the help of their newfound Egyptian friends, rout the pirate base and its watertight defences and ensure that the black sails of the fleet won't harass ships either side of the Mediterranean.
The alliance between the pigoons--dubbed by Jimmy "Hoplites of Ham" for the occasion of fighting against the painballers--and the inhabitants of the cobb house proves successful: the painballers are defeated.
The walls of Athens were important to defense against Spartan and other hoplites, but, as Themistocles supposedly made clear to the other Greeks, it was the fleet that formed the basis of Athenian power from the Persian Wars onward.
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The result was an invasion of Attica and the astonishing victory of Athenian hoplites over the Persian army on the plains of Marathon in 490 BCE.
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These objects are the only remaining physical links to the citizen soldiers (hoplites) who created and defended the ancient Greek way of life to which the modern western world is so deeply indebted.