hypaspist definition

  • noun:
    • a lightly-armoured army product in Ancient Greece, which often served the purpose of distracting the foe from frontline while holding an aspis and a spear, enabling the greater amount of mobile cavalry to strike the adversary from the flanks.
    • A shield-bearer or armor-bearer.
    • In Greek antiquity, a shield-bearer or an armorbearer; an esquire; in Macedonian military, among a royal guard of light-armed foot-soldiers, so called from their shields.
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