Athenian Hoplite, 334 BC

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Sculpture: Jonatán Monerris
Painting: Fernando Ruiz
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 6
Scale: 54 mm
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The most iconic troop type of the Classic Greece’ state cities was the hoplite. These citizen soldiers appeared around VII century BC as urban infantry militias, equipped with spears and shields so they were easier to maintain and equip. Their name come, precisely, from the “hoplon” or shield that they carried. In these militias saw service lots of the great names of Classic Greece, including philosophers, playwrighters, scientists and such.

Soon after their appearance, the hoplites became the key factor in the battlefields. Their maximum glory period is considered to go from 480 (Battle of Salamis) to 323 BC (death of Alexander the Great). The introduction of new types of infantry and the improvements on cavalry led to their decline.

Our miniature is based on a later period hoplite that appears in the Alexander the Great sarcophagus and we have portrayed it as an Athenian soldier at Macedonian army service. Of course, depending on each painter inspiration and, most of all, the shield design, (here the Athena owl, that was an informal  symbol of Athens and appeared even in the coin minted there), can be represented an almost infinite variety of hoplites.