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- n. A type of aspis used by Greek hoplites.
In addition, each man carried a razor-sharp iron sword and heavy shield hoplon almost three feet wide on the left arm.
An enormous and heavy shield—the aspis or hoplon—some three feet in diameter covered half the body and completed the panoply.
Hoplites were citizen soldiers who provided their own equipment: a round bronze shield (hoplon), a bronze helmet with cheek and nose guards, and a nine-foot spear.
Once spears were used and lost they were using their swords, as well as their shields (or the hoplon -- from which they received their name = hoplites).
Hoplophobe: from the Greek hoplon, or weapon, is defined as the "fear of firearms" or alternatively, an irrational fear of weapons in general, and describes a specific phobia.