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Title: From Horsemen to Hoplites
Subtitle: Some Remarks on Archaic Greek Warfare
Author(s): BROUWERS, J.J.
Volume: 82 Issue: 2 Date: 2007
In the present article, I argue that the horse was originally an integral part of the accoutrement of the heavy-armed warrior (the so-called ‘hoplite’). In particular, I draw attention to the double-grip or Argive shield. I attempt to demonstrate that this type of shield was specifically developed for use by men who rode to the battlefield on horseback, the so-called hippobatai. As such, this article resurrects a hypothesis originally suggested by Detienne in 1968, namely that the hoplites of the Classical period find their origins in the mounted infantry of the Archaic age.