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Dory Spear

The Dory spear was the chief weapon of the hoplites (heavy infantry) of Ancient Greece.

In HistoryEdit

Dory is the ancient Greek word for spear. It was about 2.4 metres long.

It was used to great effect in the Spartan shieldwall/Phalanx, when held in an overhand position it allowed the first two lines to attack the enemy.

The Dory had a butt spike mainly for counter-balance, but when the main spear-head broke in combat this was used as a secondary weapon. The rear end was also used by the Spartans in the back to finish off enemies as they passed over them, with the rear end earning the nickname: "Lizard Killer."

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