Greek Revival on The Hill

Brandishing foam spears and cardboard shields, approximately 100 Norwich students organized into two phalanxes staged a Hoplite battle on the UP this past fall. Participants included students enrolled in military history courses taught by Professors Steven Sodergren and Reina Pennington, students from Professor Christie McCann’s classes on Ancient Greek war stories and Ancient Greece and Rome, and first-year History and Studies in War and Peace majors. McCann said the biannual melee, which is unique to Norwich, “illustrates some of our innovative and active learning and teaching methods.” To ensure the freshmen would be adequately prepared for battle, Marine Captain Richard Benning, a Norwich Naval ROTC instructor, led a coaching session with the students the day before. Four Hoplite videos, including this year’s and past events, can be found on YouTube.

Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greek city-states, and a phalanx is a body of heavily armed infantry formed in close, deep ranks and files. Photo by Mark Collier.

Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greek city-states, and a phalanx is a body of heavily armed infantry formed in close, deep ranks and files. Photo by Mark Collier.

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