Like their Greek neighbors, Spartan warriors used typical hoplite equipment in battle. The main distinguishing characteristics of Spartan armor are the crimson tunic and cloak. Spartan warriors also kept their hair long much later into history than other Greek city-state warriors; short hair was associated with slaves.
The Greek letter Lambda was also adopted in 420s BCE. It is thought to stand for Laconia or Lacedaemon, and was painted on the round shields of the Spartan warriors. The Spartan helmet is also instantly recognizable and still used as a symbol for many sports teams and universities. Spartan soldiers also wore leg greaves and flanged bronze cuirasses.
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