Archaeologists and historians have spent centuries attempting to understand the adoption and evolution of hoplite warfare in Ancient Greece. Many theories have been proposed and many have been rejected. However, several have been accepted as having the strongest arguments. The three most prevalent of these are the models of gradualism, rapid adoption, and extended gradualism.
In this section, an overview of the aforementioned theories will be provided as well as some of the strengths and and perhaps the weaknesses of each.
(Section composed by Robert Arnold)