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1 Hoplite Warfare Heavily armored infantryman Hoplon Citizen soldiers Equipment was half the body weight

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4 Shield wall fighting formation

5 Hoplite Warfare Phalanx fighting formation A hoplite was protected by the right half of his own shield (carried on his left arm) and the left half of the shield of the man on his right.

6 Hoplite Warfare Hoplites who had lost their shields in battle were dishonored while those who had lost their helmets and breastplates were not

7 Hoplite Warfare King Demaratos of Sparta said "Because the latter (helmets and breastplates) they donned for their own protection, but the shield for the common good of the entire line."

8 Hoplite Warfare The strength of hoplites was shock combat Two armies would smash into each other in hopes of breaking or encircling the enemy force's line

9 Hoplite Warfare A pushing match, with the men in the rear trying to force the front lines through those of the enemy Battles rarely lasted more than an hour

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17 Corinthian helmet bronze helmet: covered the entire head and neck slits for the eyes and mouth large curved projection protected the nape of the neck

18 Hoplite Warfare Hoplon shield a large, deeply concave, circular shield made of wood and bronze about inches in diameter

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20 supported by strap in the center of the back face of the shield, and a leather or cord grip at the edge

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22 warrior's left arm to slide through up to the forearm, while the hand held the grip located at the edge of the shield

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24 sharp concave shape of these shields: –inside of the rim could be rested against the warrior's shoulder –brace the shield against powerful blows –take some of the strain off of his arms

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27 Doru counterbalanced stabbing spear

28 Hoplite Warfare Form fitted muscle breastplate

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30 Short falcata stabbing/slashing sword

31 Hoplite Warfare Large numbers of hoplites using swords?? Individual hand to hand combat Out of shield wall protective formation


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