Sorry i let this one slip by. A Spartan Hoplite against a ninja!!!
The mind boggles.
At the time of the battle at the Pillars of Fire, the Hoplite, Spartan or Phocian, would have been preety much armored with a "boiled Leather cuirass" Military kilts (that the romans called pteruges and also used by them).
Stealth was not a Spartan virtue, at least if you had been trained in the Agoge as a Hoplite.
The deployment of the whole Army did not take place at Thermopylae, and was normally deplyed in line of three phalanxz abreast.
The never Changing weapons of the Spartan hoplite was the Heavy "Hoplon" the two ended "dory" and a "sting like" appearing sword.
Normally, at the time of Thermopylae, greaves would have also been 'de riguer".
A conical helmet was normal.
But the Armed hoplite of the Spartans evolved greatly from the time of the Persian Wars to the time of the demise of the Lakadaemon Spartan Hoplite.
But at the ti,e of the Peloponessian War, or at least at the end thereof, the Spartan Hoplite fought in hos "spolas" and only a loin cloth, helmet and the pretty much unchanged "Dory". "Hoplon" and "xiphos" in tow.
Also the Greeks throughthe time of Alexander deployed the rather unusual "Peltast".
These were skirmishers. To the best of my knowledge the soldier were expected to pick up their missiles on the march (ie: appropriately sized rocks) The peltasts, common among all city state armies normally had a smallish crescent shaped shield.
I will post pictures tomorrow.
As to the Persian Army, already morphed from the horse archers of Cyrus's time, to the light hoplte, the Wicker shielded 10,000 immortals and so many warriors from tributary states it would be impossible to describe them all.
I will re-read the posts and venture forth further later.
But rest assured the notion of the Ninja or samurai regiments fighting the Hoplite would have been a bit like a fox and lion attacking a for mation of porcupines.
A nice fairy tale thought to mullover perhaps-but no more.
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