One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
- ‘Metal helmets were worn by hoplites, the foot soldiers of ancient Greece, and elsewhere in eastern Mediterranean civilizations.’
- ‘They were armed with the sarissa, a long spear but at 13 feet actually shorter than the hasta used by Greek hoplites, which was over 16 feet long.’
- ‘Scabbards can be seen from the days of the Greek hoplite, worn suspended at the waist.’
- ‘The following Spring and Summer, the main allied Greek army, headed by 10,000 Spartan hoplites, routed the Persian army at Palatea, and its navy at Salamis.’
- ‘The Sakonides cup, discussed above, thus provides an example in which the athletic lion-fighter contrasts with the hoplite.’
From Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon ‘weapon’.
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