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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.
After following the tribal court direction then ended hoplite.
There was no need for them to engage in a futile and destructive hoplite battle to defend Attica.
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With two small concealed fires; one for cooking and one for warmth, we were having a Happy Hoplite Party.
With a handsome stand on their home turf, French company Elno took the author through its Hoplite headset which was making its debut at the show.
At the Battle of Plataea in 479, Rahe shows, the Greek coalition led by Sparta fielded an imposing ground force, which at its core had almost 40,000 hoplite (citizen-soldier) infantrymen.
The Greek hoplite [a heavily armed foot soldier] purchased his own armour,' says Hixenbaugh.
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Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Classical Greece.
5) Weiss insists that "the true philosopher is no warrior," but Socrates was a willing and distinguished soldier who somehow acquired the panoply he needed to elevate himself into the Athenian warrior-caste (see Mark Anderson's "Socrates as Hoplite," in Ancient Philosophy).
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).