The Greek Hoplite Phalanx Descriptive Essay

The Greek Hoplite Phalanx
Looks into the history, tactics and importance as a military unit of the ancient Greek hoplite phalanx.
# 117428 | 1,570 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 02, 2009 in Anthropology (Middle Eastern) , History (Greek and Roman)

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This paper explains that, although many believe that the Greek phalanx was an outdated and non-efficient military unit compared to other units of its time, historical evidence suggests that this is not true. According to the official historiography, the author contends, the Greek phalanx was one of the most advanced military units of the time and was the main tool of the Greek victories during the famous Persian Wars. The paper describes the equipment, tactics, discipline, deeds and bravery of the hoplite phalanx, which made it a superb and deadly fighting force that protected Greece from invaders and expanded the Hellenic culture thorough out the Mediterranean.

From the Paper:

"The hoplites carried a big oval shape (hoplon) shield of three feet in diameter and weighing more than fifteen pounds. Armed with a long thrusting spear and a short sword, they fought in tight formations protecting the right side of each other with their large shield. Different from other fighting techniques of the time, the hoplite were only a shock and impact force. They were not equipped with distance weapons and for this reason, most of the time, they had to be accompanied in battle by a light skirmishing force called the peltasts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carey, Brian Todd. "The phalanx dominated Greek warfare for three centuries, but fell before combined-arms forces." Military History, Sep. 2006. Web. 19 Nov. 2009.
  • Thucydides. Book I / Edited by T. E. Page . New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. Print
  • Fine, John V.A. The Ancient Greeks: A critical history. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983. Print
  • "Aeschylus the Father of Tragedy." n.p, n.d Web. 20 Nov. 2009.
  • Balcer, Jack Martin. "The Persian Wars against Greece: A Reassessment" Historia: Zeitschrift fur Alte Geschichte, Vol. 38. No. 2, pp 127-143. 1989. Web. 24 Nov. 2009.

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