Definition of hoplite in English:


Line breaks: hop|lite
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒplʌɪt


A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
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  • Metal helmets were worn by hoplites, the foot soldiers of ancient Greece, and elsewhere in eastern Mediterranean civilizations.
  • The Sakonides cup, discussed above, thus provides an example in which the athletic lion-fighter contrasts with the hoplite.
  • 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.


from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon 'weapon'.

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