Honors Bachelor of Arts

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Faculty Advisor

Thesis Director: Mr. Bryan Norton; Thesis Reader: Dr. Thomas Strunk; HAB Course Director: Dr. Shannon Hogue




The evidence which I present in this paper seems to suggest that there is an underlying ideology contributing to how hoplitic warfare is conducted. Further, I would argue that this ideology is more important to understanding and defining a hoplite than the definition given above. This ideology, I will argue even further, contributed to the slow adaption and evolution of the hoplitic panoply by which we now generally define hoplites. Lastly, I will discuss how this ideology changes during the period between the Archaic and Classical periods, and how this change affects the use of equipment. Therefore, there are two interesting questions which need to be answered in ways which synchronize well with one another: 1) What is the hoplite ideology? 2) What and how did the equipment change? To answer these questions, it is necessary to build a framework. This framework consists of an identification of the period within which hoplites are being analyzed, and a clear understanding of those facets of hoplite ideology which relate to equipment

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