A drawing of a hoplite from the 4th–3rd century BCE holding an aspis
(a round shield, also known as a hoplon
From Ancient Greek ὁπλίτης (hoplitēs, “heavily armed foot-soldier”), from ὅπλον (hoplon, “arms, armor, weapon”) (English hopl-). Compare Latin hoplomachus (“gladiator”).
hoplite (plural hoplites)
- A heavily-armed infantry soldier of Ancient Greece.
A heavily-armed infantry soldier of Ancient Greece