Hoplites at War: A Comprehensive Analysis of Heavy Infantry Combat in the Greek World, 750-100 bce

October 31, 2020
Hoplites at War: A Comprehensive Analysis of Heavy Infantry Combat in the Greek World, 750-100 bce

It has been 2500 years since the Greek heavy infantry known ashoplites dominated the battlefield. Yet they still capture theimagination today, through a wave of successful action films,novels and documentaries. The mass-media popularity of these famedwarriors has, however, helped spawn a number of misconceptionsabout them.Drawing on classical literature, archaeology and the latest datafrom physical, behavioral and medical science, this study ofhoplite equipment, tactics and command seeks to separate modernmyths from observable facts. The authors resolve some persistentcontroversies and advance new theories about the nature of ancientGreek warfare.