This bronze shield wielded by Greek soldiers is what gave their infantries their name, Hoplites. In their phalanx formations, the Hoplites would become an impenetrable wall of hoplon shields and spears, a formidable obstacle to any force. The hoplon could be used to shield the wearer from projectiles, such as arrows and stones, and blows from spears or swords. They were also used to bludgeon the enemy to death. Alexander the Great’s armies used hoplons and conquered all the way to India.