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  • n. Plural form of hoplite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Cretaceous ammonites belonging to the family Hoplitidæ of the Suborder Pachycampyli.


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  • But this Homeric ideal of individual glory was subsumed by Athenian democracy, in which citizen-soldiers known as hoplites were not just entitled but obligated to participate actively in voting and warfare.

    Chicago Reader

  • 2 Gylippus led out the city force a little before and brought it up to the wall of the Athenians, where it looked toward the city, while the force from the Olympieum, that is to say, the hoplites that were there with the horse and the light troops of the Syracusans, advanced against the wall from the opposite side; the ships of the Syracusans and allies sailing out immediately afterwards.


  • The bishops can count on the holy-father-knows-best Roman Catholic fringe to serve as hoplites in what the hierarchy-friendly Catholic News Service calls the "culture wars".

    Michele Somerville: Catholic Bishops Endanger Church Tax Exempt Status

  • But how could such lightly armed peasants hope to stand against the fearsome hoplites?

    Alexander the Great

  • Philip knew, however, that discipline and esprit de corps would not be enough against either wild barbarians or Greek hoplites.

    Alexander the Great

  • The Theban hoplites drilled endlessly and, whether common soldier or wealthy cavalryman, were ruled by iron discipline.

    Alexander the Great

  • The sarissa was made to destroy hoplites, but the deadly formation would work equally well on barbarian warriors charging the Macedonian lines.

    Alexander the Great

  • This allowed the Macedonian infantry to march in close formation with overlapping sarissas lowered in front of them to skewer hoplites before the enemy spears could reach them.

    Alexander the Great

  • But whereas the Athenians were mostly shopkeepers and farmers, the Macedonians were professional soldiers who for years had fought against both Greek hoplites and all manner of savage warriors from the mountains of the north.

    Alexander the Great

  • He knew his troops stood little chance in traditional warfare, especially against hoplites.

    Alexander the Great


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