The Ekdromos (plural Ekdromoi) was the name of the Greek light hoplites. Their name means 'out-runners', because they were lightly armoured (with hoplon and bronze helmet), fast infantry against the northern Barbarians (Thracians, Illyrians, or Scythians). They had spear (hasta) and short sword. They fought against the enemy light infantry (Illyrian axemen or swordsmen and Thracian peltasts).

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