Definitions for "Hoplite"
A heavy-armed infantry soldier.
citizen of a Greek city-state, rich enough to afford body armor and required to serve in the army in times of crisis
heavily armed Greek infantryman. The hoplite carried a circular shield, wore a cuirass (breast-plate), a helmet which gave additional protection to nose and cheeks, and (normally, but not always) greaves. To be effective the hoplite had to fight in formation, since the overlap of the shields protected the exposed right side of the warrior. The spear became a thrusting weapon rather than a javelin.