from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
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- n. A heavily-armed infantry soldier of Ancient Greece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A heavy-armed infantry soldier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a heavy-armed foot-soldier, armed with helmet, cuirass or thorax, and greaves, and bearing a large shield, and, as weapons, a sword, one or more spears or javelins, and sometimes a battle-ax.
The fine amounted to two thousand minae,53 being two minae54 for each hoplite, which is the penalty imposed by the law.
A hoplite is a heavily armed infantry man; see the Glossary or Appendix F, Land Warfare, ©2.
Each hoplite was a proud citizen who could afford to equip himself with a bronze helmet, a thick breastplate, greaves to protect the legs, and an iron-tipped spear eight to ten feet long used for thrusting, not throwing.
When a hoplite line advanced shoulder to shoulder against the enemy, it was a wall of death.
As each hoplite was unshielded on his right side, he relied on the man next to him for protection, encouraging by necessity a strong sense of unity in battle.
Standard hoplite spears were eight to ten feet in length, but the sarissa was almost eighteen feet long.
The Thebans had perfected the art of hoplite warfare.
Greaves, protection for the lower leg, were very common in the ancient world, being part of the standard hoplite panoply.
Mr. Krentz contends that the average Athenian hoplite was carrying — rather than the standard estimate of 70 pounds or so — as little as 30 pounds of battle gear and even so would have jog-trotted, not run, that miracle mile.
The Spartans, the ace hoplite fighters of the Greek world, responded positively to the Athenians 'desperate last-minute request for aid, but in their own time.