Athenai Thorakitai Hoplitai(Athenian Thorax Hoplites)
The phalanx is only as strong as the shield-arms of the warriors in it.
Hoplites date back to the wars between the Greek city-states in the 8th and 7th centuries BC. During the Greco-Persian Wars most hoplites wore a Corinthian-style bronze helm, and a cuirass of bronze or stiffened linen or canvas. They were armed with a short sword and an iron-tipped spear with a bronze counterbalance butt-spike. Hoplites were named, though, after the round hoplon shield they carried. The hoplon-and-spear combination required them to fight as a phalanx, a block of spearmen some eight ranks deep. When closed up, each man would find shelter behind the shield of his neighbour, creating a wall of bristling spear-points. While all hoplites were originally citizen-soldiers, full-time mercenaries took over and became the standard fighting unit of the Greek world. Later, under Phillip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great, the shield became smaller, while the spear developed into the five metre sarissa pike. Many armies adopted the phalanx of hoplites as a tactical unit because it was very successful in battle.
Unit NameAthenai Thorakitai Hoplitai
Main Unit KeyAOR_35_Athenian_Thorax_Hoplites
Land Unit KeyAOR_35_Athenian_Thorax_Hoplites
Naval Unit Keypel_transport
Custom Battle Cost1117
├ Melee Weaponspear3
├ Weapon Damage9
├ Weapon Deadliness0
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Cavalry4
├ Bonus vs. Elephants10
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence23
└ Shield Defence47
├ Armour Defence14
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityhoplite_heavy
├ Man Health20
└ Bonus Hit Points0
AbilitiesAthenai Thorakitai Hoplitai
- Stamina (poor)
Governs how fast the unit tires and restores fatigue, and is dependent on type of unit, weight and approach to combat.
The unit enters a defensive formation that increases frontal defense but the unit's movement speed and attack are reduced
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Expert Charge Defence
This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Good morale
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