A very long spear, as long as four or even five metres, used by hoplites in deep formations in the Classical Period and the Decadent Period. The pike is not suitable for single combat, nor indeed for battle except in phalanx. Control of the pike requires both hands, and the shield is hung by straps on the hoplite's shoulder and arm.

In Gehennum pike-shafts are usually made of bamboo. The longer shafts are often built up of several pieces of bamboo scarfed together, glued, and secured with bands.

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