Kal Alvar asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What were Spartan fighting styles?

Did they have certain fighting styles or did they just improvise from their training as a child? I know all about their training and what they did, except for this.

Thank you.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It was the Spartan warriors life-long training and close-knit battle units that made its army so fearsome. Like other Greeks, Spartans formed a group, phalanx, that could be seven lines deep. The precise shape of the phalanx depended upon the terrain, the enemy, and the battle plan.

    Whatever, the Spartans tried to intimidate their opponents before the battle by elaborate preparations of their long hair, oiled into coils, under their helmets. their unique scarlet cloaks, and the self-selected totem painted on their shields. All Spartans bore the greek letter, Lambda (L). The also played a bagpipe style instrument to prepare themselves for battle, and perhaps unsettle their opponents.

    They fought in a close unit, each man's shield extended over his left arm and positioned so that it covered the left side of the man fighting along side. The enemy saw the Spartan shield wall approach, first at a walk, then at a run, until the battle clash. Then it became a prolonged bloody shoving match until one side broke ranks and ran. Battles seldom lasted more that a few hours, and they fought in summer heat with full armor.

    Spartans used their long lances/spears as the first weapon, with a sharpened bronze point on the bottom to allow soldiers to stab any fallen enemy as he lay on the ground. The first few rows of soldiers could project their spear points at the same time. Spartans also carried hand weapons, a short sword about 24-30 inches long, used for stabbing, and a small knife as a last weapon.

    It was as much a contest of wills and nerve as a contest of arms, with orderly crowds of men shoving, pushing, and cutting into each other. You stood, or you fell and probably died, stabbed or even stomped to death. Surprisingly casualties were relatively light, but wounds were many, and Spartan nurses were renowned as the best in Greece.

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    3 years ago

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  • phalanx or reinforced defensive lines. Spartan warriors lined up with men in front forming the front line, as we know it today, and with men behind the men in front along with more men behind the second line in case the men in front went down and the men in the second row had to fill their place. the men on the front line protected the men behind them with their shields and used their short spears to stab from below the shields while the men in the second row used their shields to make sure the men in front wont get push to far back and used their spears to strike from above the front line men. the soldiers behind the two front lines offered even more help to the front row by helping make sure they didn't get thrown back and break the phalanx.

    the phalanx was only effective in places like passes or caves where the phalanx cant get flanked or hit from the rear. it was not effective in open fields

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  • 1 decade ago

    They fought in the Phalanx, of course, and as such, they passed down the necessary skills and techniques to their young men. Their styles were dictated by their weapons and armor.

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    ninjas were stealthy they didn't just walk up and fight they would sneakily attack their enemies, they were assassins and spies, they weren't a combat class they were sent to kill you or gather information on you.

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