Hoplite (other Greek: ὁπλίτης — - an ancient Greek heavy-armed foot soldier, whose main weapon was a long spear. The word comes from the name of a heavy round shield — hoplon (other Greek :ππλον).
It should be noted that Hoplites have varied greatly in their equipment over the course of several centuries. Also, the equipment was different depending on the nationality. Hoplites were used in their phalanxes by the Greeks, Macedonians, Carthaginians, Etruscans, Romans, etc. It is assumed that they first appeared in the Argos army. Hoplites served in the armies of the Greek city-states and were essentially citizen soldiers, since it was the duty of a citizen of any free polis to perform military service. Therefore, any meeting of citizens was a meeting of soldiers-serving at a given time or veterans who had served. Hoplites are heavily armed Greek infantrymen. After the reforms of Solon in Athens, representatives of the most numerous class of Zeugites had to go to war, being equipped as a Hoplite. It is likely that in other Greek poleis, middle-class citizens became Hoplites during the war, since the soldier had to provide himself with weapons and equipment at his own expense.
Hoplites dominated the battlefield for four centuries, from about the beginning of the seventh century BC until King Philip II (father of Alexander the Great), the Hoplites formed the backbone of the classical phalanx.
When reconstructing a hoplite, you should carefully choose the age and region. Hoplites among the Greeks, Macedonians and Etruscans are quite different. The greatest attention should be paid to the choice of helmet, which during the existence of the phalanx in ancient armies changed the most. The next items that have the highest spell sensitivity are armor and an auxiliary weapon-a sword.
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