Warriors in ancient societies were considered to
be protectors of the communities they lived in.
During the ancient times, there were many groups that fought for
Every group had warriors who went into battle against their enemies to gain
This led to the widespread emergence of warriors who were viewed as being the
protectors of the communities they lived within. Parker therefore argues that the emergence of
warriors within the ancient societies was propelled by the need to protect the
communities in the long run against their immediate enemies.
In the history of ancient Greece, it is evident
that there were many wars that were fought.
The Greeks wanted to maintain a reputation for being a strong nation.
Therefore, they trained a lot of soldiers who would be use in war to protect
The hoplites are defined as soldiers who went to war on foot armed with shields
and spears. The mostly depended on
formations when going to war. The
formations ensured that the soldiers did not act individually as it would
compromise the strength of the group.
The hoplites ensured they cooperated with each other to form strong
forces to combat their enemies at all times.
Discipline within the hoplite warfare was
fundamental. This is due to the fact
that the soldiers were required to go to war in formations. Formations were an important part of winning
the war against their enemies.4
Compromising the formation would lead to the hoplites being defeated by their
enemies in war. Due to the high level of
discipline that was exhibited by the hoplites during war, only a number of them
were lost during warfare. The lost
numbers of hoplites in every war was between twenty percent owing itself to the
high level of cooperation and discipline in creating and maintaining warfare
1 (Parker 2008)
2 (Holladay 1982)
3 (Hanson 1991)
4 (Parker 2008)
5 (Parker 2008)