Stikhagos

“File leader”.

In the Archaic Period among hoplites, and later in all military units, a non-commissioned officer leading a file in the phalanx or other group of about ten men (including himself). Roughly equivalent to a sergeant.

Among hoplites the place of a file-leader is literally leading his file, i.e. fighting in the front rank. The file leader therefore cannot see to the behaviour of his followers, and is assisted by a file-closer or ouragos in the back rank who keeps the file tight and sees to contingencies in the rear.

The pay of a stikhagos is two obols per day, plus possible pay for panoply.


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