The Greek "Hoplite"

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The Greek "Hoplite"

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With the conquering of neighboring peoples, the issue of policing these new territories arose. Stemming from the creation of a new strategy of warfare created by a named King Pheidon, the "phalanx" formation was now born - and with it, the hoplite infantryman as well. A new generation of successful citizens was called upon to become this organized band of warriors, armed with principle elements such as the hopla – essentially a word derived to encompass the individual elements making up the whole in the form of an armored helmet, cuirass, leg greaves, the shield (incidentally identified as the hoplon) and a spear, held overhand and used for thrusting. These elements came together to present the collective naming convention recognized as "hoplite", a term today generally associated with the Greek phalanx formation. The Hoplite would go on to become the symbol of power and masculinity in the Ancient Greek world, operating as a team of heavy infantry against lightly-armored and less-organized foes.

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