hoplite

  1. Aristodemus

    A Storm of Spears

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AHITZHE Classical scholars have been battling for generations over how ancient Greek hoplites engaged in combat. In his book A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite at War, Christopher Matthew does a great job of analyzing hoplites’ weaponry...
  2. R

    Macedonian adoption of the Sarissa.

    What on earth caused Phillip II to adopt the sarissa for his phalanxes? Obviously it was a smart move... but who gave him this idea?
  3. Majasprat

    Hoplite or Pike

    I have a question that i can not find a definitive answer to. In a game I play they depict the hoplite as having a rather short spear. They also have another unit called a pike man which has a very long spear. I am sure you are all aware of hoplites and phalanx formation. So I was wondering in a...
  4. Menshevik

    The disappearance of the classical hoplite

    These are what comes to mind when I think of the classical hoplite. I am not referring to the phalangite, who I know carried on for some time, waning as the Roman legions conquered the Mediterranean world. So, when did the hoplite completely disappear? Did places like Sparta and Athens begin to...
  5. J

    Origin of the hoplite and phalanx?

    Can anyone suggest the best studies that look at the origins of the hoplite and the phalanx formation?
  6. arras

    Greek hoplite and his equipment during Peloponesian war

    One thing always puzzled me: when speaking about Greek hoplite one imagines him like heavily armoured infantry with cuirass, heavy corinthian helmet and greaves: However somewhere at the end on Persian wars this changed and hoplite who fought Peloponesian wars looked like this: As you can...
  7. philhellene

    Hoplite warfare controversy (Over versus under arm)

    There is a bit of an ongoing debate over the way in which the hoplite's primary weapon, the Doru spear, was used (I will be focusing on hellenistic style phalanx type hoplite formations for simplicity sake and because I'm a philhellene:o ). If we can be so bold as to reduce the argument down...
  8. philhellene

    Hoplite warfare controversy (Over versus under arm)

    There is a bit of an ongoing debate over the way in which the hoplite's primary weapon, the Doru spear, was used (I will be focusing on hellenistic style phalanx type hoplite formations for simplicity sake and because I'm a philhellene:o ). If we can be so bold as to reduce the argument down...
  9. L

    Hoplite Warfare, essay help

    I also posted this in the Ancient History section: I have a question on hoplite warfare in the Greek archaic period, this is the title: 7. Was the development of hoplite warfare in archaic Greece determined more by political than by military considerations? So basically my essay is...
  10. L

    Help (Hoplite Warfare Question)

    I have a question on hoplite warfare in the Greek archaic period, this is the title: 7. Was the development of hoplite warfare in archaic Greece determined more by political than by military considerations? So basically my essay is gonna take two parts and obviously each need around 3/4...
  11. throughthepastdarkly

    Hoplite, phalangite & legionary

    Is it fair to say that, generally, hoplites are Greek spear-wielding infantrymen, phalangites are Macedonian sarissa-holding infantrymen, and legionaries are javelin/gladius-carrying Roman infantrymen? Is the designation more about shock troops at different times/places than anything else? Are...
  12. O

    Hoplite Warfare

    can we all agree this is the most brutal and manly way to fight? I mean come on rows of rows of people fighting to the death in one unit! :axe: