| Hoplitai Haploi|
(Hellenic Levy Spear Infantry)
|Unit type||Spear Infantry|
|Base cost||20 Food, 10 Wealth, 20 Metal|
|Ramping cost||2 Wealth|
|Creation time||6.7 seconds|
|Line of sight||2|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Peasant Dwellings|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
Chremonidean League (Athenian tech tree)
The Hoplitai Haploi are cheap but relatively effective militia spearmen. They are lightly armoured, with only a helmet and large aspis shield to protect themselves, but that is already enough to make them better off than most other levied units. Furthermore they enjoy a better health and attack than the spear levies of other factions. While this makes them somewhat useful against cavalry and other levies, do not expect them to last very long against professional troops.
The Helladic peninsula in the post-Dark Age era was typified by the emergence of various city-states which often fought and jostled with each other for dominance. Unlike the earlier Mycenaean period, the military forces of these new polities weren't dominated by chariot-riding knights, but by free citizens enrolled into the state's armies as part of their national service. By the Hellenistic era, however, the classical hoplite phalanx was becoming increasingly obsolete with the emergence of the Macedonian pike phalanx in the 3rd century BC and the Peltastai. Some cities in Greece and Macedon nevertheless continued to field hoplites armed with the aspis and spear. Although old-fashioned, they could still be effective due to their high levels of motivation.
- Penn State University, A Brief Introduction to the Hoplite Battle Experience! — Overall Effectiveness