Although hoplites are the symbol of ancient Greek warfare to many, they took centuries to evolve into the greatness they eventually became. It took 800+ years for simple Greek warriors to fully evolve into the dominating heavy hoplite. This section will take a look at how the hoplite came to be. It will begin in the Mycenaean Age, continue to the Late Dark Age and early Archaic Age, then end with the fully realized hoplite in the Archaic Age.
(Section composed by Mason Northrop)