Dory (Spear) Handling, a skill at arms that needs to be mastered for a hoplite.

Andrew Harris experimenting with the deadly 'TOXO' 'Greek Bow n Arrow'

The list of members of the Ancient Hoplitikon of Melbourne. All proud members of the Australasian Living History Federation (ALHF) MELOI THS   AUSTRALOASIATIKHS ZONTANHS HSTORIAS (ALHF) GIA NA KRATHSOUME ZONTANH THN KLHRONOMIA MAS.
President : David Bartlett
Secretary : Athanasios Porporis
Treasurer : Nick Moutzouris
 
Athanasios Porporis "Polemarchos"Founder and Group"Secretary"

CRAIG SITCH of MANNING IMPERIAL, VICTOR of the 'HOPLITODROMOS' (Race in Armour) 2010.   VICTOR of the 'HOPLITODROMOS' at MARATHON GREECE 2011.

Cherilyn Fuhlbohm of Manning Imperial

Nick Moutzouris "ARCHELAUS"

DAVID BARTLETT HOPLITE of CARTHAGE 4th cent BCE (in Sicily)

DESI DONATO (New Member 2019)

ANDREW HARRIS Member since 2018

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JOHN DOYLE (NEW MEMBER) 2021

MATTHEW BURGESS (New Member) 2021

CHRISTINE HART (New Member)  Amazon Warrior

MARGARET BOSIDIS (New Member)  2020 

Xenophons "KYNEGETIKOS" (On Hunting) Morning wine ration before the hunt. Basic attire, Petasos, Chlamys, Hoplite canteen and cup. Hunting naked was a common feature in Ancient Greece, only wearing bare essentials and carrying the appropriate weapons. 2012

TROPAION , Monument to the battle of Marathon 490 BCE. Here at this spot, was the turning point of the battle. The Persians broke ranks and were routed by the Athenians and Plataeans, a Greek victory !

Sydney Ancients & Melbourne Hoplitikon 'Members'  at the battle of Marathon 'Tropaion'  2,500 years Anniversary of the battle of Marathon , Greece September 2011

 

Graig and Cherilyn at the 'Tropaion' (trophy) at Marathon Greece 2011.

Marathon Tropaion 2011 ( 2,500 years Anniversary ) Greece.

Battle of Marathon 2,500 year Anniversary 2011 reenactment, Greece.

Ancient Hoplitikon in Battle mode at 'TimeLine Fair' Berwick 2010

    THRACIAN  PELTASTS
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XENOPHON's 'KYNEGETIKOS' (On Hunting)
KUNHGETIKOS
From; KUNHGEW  "I Hunt"
Is a treatise by Xenophon - Philosopher and Military Leader, Hunting Xenophon claims, 
"Are the means by which men become good in war and all things out of which must
come excellence in thought and word and deed".
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Xenophon writes, "For men who are sound in body and mind may always stand on the threshold of success".
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Xenophon concludes, "For all men who have loved hunting have been good: and not men only, but those women also to whom goddess Artemis has given this blessing, Atalanta, Procris and others like them".

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Horse Motif     Shield Device ( Athenian 'EPILEKTOI' Elite ) of the "Philaidon" Klan  650 B.C.

'Gorgon Shield Devices' Popular Klan Emblem throughout Greece, spanning from early 6th - 5th Century B.C. 

'CENTAUR' Aspis (Shield Device) from IOLCOS (IwlkoV) of Thessaly,  Central Greece and Arcadia Western Peloponnese. ca. 520-460 BCE

CLUB of HERAKLES (THEBAN POLIS STATE EMBLEM) Shield Device c.394 BCE

                                                                The Ancient Hoplitikon of Melbourne "Shield Register"                                                                                 Heraldry of Antiquity - Shield Iconography , had a Personal,  Family and Tribal Klan significance.   Archaeological evidence from ancient pottery, numismatic's  and sculptural reliefs, indicates the prolific nature of    "Heraldric Shield Devices".    The Shield Devices in our register are faithfully reconstructed based on this research, rather than artistic license.
PARABLEMATA - PARA-BLHMATA  (Screen Cover) - Shield Apron.
East Greek (Asia-Minor) Innovation ca.610 BCE.
Made of Leather or other woven textile, Fashionable Iconography of the time and provided 
protection to the lower legs from Sling Bullets, Arrow and Javelin during combat. 
 
COCK SHIELD DEVICE of IDOMENEUS
PARTHENOPAIOS   ParqenopaioV - "Seemingly Virginal" (Parthenopaeus), one of the Seven Protagonist's against Thebes, is the third play in an Oedipus-themed trilogy produced by Aeschylus in 467 BCE. A Native of Arcadia, described as young & outstandingly good-looking, but at the same time arrogant, ruthless & over-confident. Son of Atalanta, He was killed by Periclymenus by heaving a load of stones on his head at the Electran Gate. Upon his shield he weilded the Flesh Eating Sphinx. Nowhere else, for example, would the figure of the Sphinx be such a threatening insult to the Citizens of Thebes.
POLIS of PLATAEA 

ORNITHOMANCY , (Ancient Greek - Oiwnixomai, "Take Omens from the flight and cries of birds".  ORNIS - "BIRD"  & MANTEIA "DIVINATION",  In Ancient Greek Mythology, CORONIS, Daughter of Philegyas King of the Lapiths, was one of Apollo's Lovers & Mother of Asclepius. When Coronis was pregnant, Apollo had appointed a WHITE RAVEN to guard her before leaving. The Raven after learning the affair of Coronis with Ischys, reported it to Apollo. Apollo killed the couple and in anger, turned the Raven Black by scorching it as a punishment for failing it's duty. This is why the Ravens are Black and Coronis (KorwniV) was thus named. 
PLATAEA 
DAIDALA MIKRA
The DAEDALA ( Greek  daidala ) was a festival of Reconciliation that was held every few years in Honour of HERA at Plataea, in Boeotia. Being one of the Major Cults of the city.  In the Lesser DAEDAL (Greek - Daidala Mikra ) the people of Plataea went to an Ancient Oak Grove and exposed pieces of cooked meet to RAVENS. After taking a piece of meat,  it would settle. Out of this tree they would carve an image, and having it dressed as a bride, according to the ritual, is paraded in a cart in an act of Deceit toward  Hera by Zeus . Celebrated in Plataea where Love conquers over infidelity .  This simply,  is to give context to one of the Plataean Shield Device's / Iconography as our reconstruction. 

'LION' Crouching,  Greek Shield Device of the 'ISAGORIDAE' Klan, with checker'd apron Tribe of Athens 470 B.C.

Dolphin(s) Shield Device of  Hoplite Marines  

#3 Dolphins signify Syracuse 

Shield Device from the Island of Rhodes, "HYBISCUS FLOWER" 4th Century B.C.E.

Solar Star of Apollo, also (Macedonian Royal Emblem) Shield Devices

  The Greeks usually refferred to the Hoplite shield as "Aspis"( Aspida - ASPIDA), rarely as the Hoplon;  Thus controversy rages over the etymology of the word Hoplite itself. The term may be derived from the plural  "Hopla"   (Armament).  Rather than the singular Hoplon.
SPARTAN MORA of ELOS
Pausanias mentions a seaside polis near Sparta called HELOS, whose inhabitant's were enslaved and became Helots. HELOS was founded by Helios, the younger son of Perseus. The Polis was reduced by seige by the Dorians, and their inhabitant's became the 'First Slaves' of the Lacedemonian State.  The MORA of ELOS, shield iconography had the Bull's Head with Horn's Downwards. These rugged tough Oxen were in existence in Greece up to the early 20th Century and their distant cousins are still found in the Strymon area in Northern Greece. In Cape Tainaro  dominating the area was a Temple of Poseidon Tauraos. Also according to Mythology/Legend, given by Arnovius ZEUS  in the form of a Bull came from the sea, and mated with DEMETRA in the ELOS area and sired Persephone.
SKIRITIS HAWK SHIELD DEVICE ca. 600 - 450 BCE.

SCIRITAE
The SCIRITAE or SKIRITAI (Greek Skiritai Skiritai) 
were a people subject to Sparta. Whose status is comparable to that of the Perioeci, they lived in Skiritis, a mountainous region located in Northern Laconia on the border with Arcadia, between the Oenus and Eurotas Rivers. According to Stephanus of Byzantium and Hesychius of Alexandria, the Skiritae were of Arcadian origin. Their way of life was essentially rural, their territory was inhospitable, but was of strategic importance for Sparta, since it controlled the road to Tegea. Which explains why it rapidly fell in Spartan hands. Their status was similar to that of Perioeci, but Xenophon distinguished between them, writing, "to meet the case of hostile approach at night, he assigned the duty of acting as sentries outside the lines to the Skiritae. In these days the duty is shared by foreigners, if any happen to be present in the camp. 
In war the Skiritae formed an Elite Corps of light infantry, a Lochos (Battalion) of about 600men, which were used as a complement to the Civic Army. According to Thucydides (v.67) They fought on the Extreme-Left Wing in the battle line, the most threatening position for the Hoplite Phalanx. "In this battle, the Left Wing was composed of the Skiritae, who in a Lacedaemonian Army  have always held that post to themselves alone". At night, they were placed as sentinels ahead of the Army (Xenophon, Constitution of the Spartans xii.3) and acted as scouts to open the way for the King, whom they only precede.
AIAS the Great,  AiaV  Ajax the Great  Shield iconography (Amphora pictorial's) ca.540-530 BCE.

KANTHAROS Shield Device affiliated with the God Dionysus

Spartan 'LAMBDA' Shield Device, Lakedaimonian Hoplite of the Peloponnesian War, wearing Exomis and bronze Pilos helmet c.413 - c.371 B.C.

LAKEDAIMONIAN SPARTA     Shield Devices.     1/DOKANA "Kotinos" Olympic Champion.   2/Spartan King "Solar Star of Apollo".       3/Mora HAWK of SKIRITIS. Early 6th Century.

SNAKE Shield Device "Boeotian Spartoi" Archaic/Indigenous Landed peerage of Greece

         

 

 

Macedonian Phalangite, 'HYPASPIST' Royal Body Guard of King Antigonus II Gonatas 276-239 B.C.E.

'TRIDENT' of Poseidon Shield Device Polis Emblem of Mantineia mid 5th Century.

TRIPOD,  Shield device with      "Tania" victory ribbon.    Associated with Olympic or Pythian Games

ALKMAIONID Klan 490B.C. Shield Device  "LEUKOPODES" Whitelegs/ Triskeles,  Athenian Tribe

'Spartoi' Greek Shield Device of Boeotia with  leather apron,  the evil eyes are related to the 1st 'Sacred War' of the 'battle of Kirrha' 585 B.C.