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Transcript of Athens Military
What battle strategies did they use?
Ancient greek warriors fought for personal glory instead of a formation.
How did they train their troops?
They didn't. Once civilians were 20, they were put on a list. If there was a war, they were required to fight.
What kind of weapons did the Athenians use?
The soldiers were armed with long spears, shields, and a short sword that they used when their spears broke.
What were their weapons made of?
Their swords were simply made of iron.
Who was the leader of Athens?
The so called Golden Age of Athenian culture flourished under the leadership of Pericles. (495-429 B.C), a brilliant general, orator, patron of the arts and politician- "The first citizen" of democratic Athens, according to the historian Thucydides. Pericles was responsible for rebuilding Athens following the Persian wars.
When Athens went to war, they were protected by armor, including a shield, a helmet, and a bronze breast plate that could weigh up to 50-60 pounds. They also had greaves for shin protection.
By Lucas Phelps
Did they have help from another army?
No. It was every man for himself.
How did they afford their weapons?
Warriors provided their own equipment. Foot soldiers were usually from the poorer classes, so their weapons and armor were low quality.
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