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Name: Luis H. Aguilar

Email Address: debruces@teleline.es
Web Page: None
Age: 36
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Other Interests: Other Interests: History in general, reading, S&F, the sea and to spend hours watching it and thinking when my neurons are in working spirit though I already know I won't be remembered in the future for my sharp brain....
Interested in the subject since: Kid, always felt like one second flashes of being fighting in the middle of battle in ancient times.... not long ago, I came to know what it all meant...
Particular interests in Greek military history: Mostly the Persian Wars/Classical times, from how was the training in Sparta for youngsters to the syssitia, panoply, battles, tactics, etc.
Proof of insanity: I met some months ago a woman and within 5 minutes was telling me exactly how I was without missing a single point, and I swear no one could have known it, except me, afterwards having all my attention and being I with a severe attack of goose bumps she began to tell me about my spirit past lives, about what she saw in my soul...

That woman told me about some past lives of my spirit, nothing too fantastic, it seems I have been always a humble and poor fellow, just as in this life, the bomb came when I asked her if I had ever been a Greek hoplite, it seems I have, not once but in many lives and she was even able to recall some details and of one specific battle that was like an obsession for me since kid and no one could knew.... I must only say that before meeting her I didn't believe about past-lives or nonsense like that as I saw it... now well, let's say I am more open minded...

Comments:
I can be a pain in the ass asking things, but be sure I will contribute the best I can to the list, honestly and with good humour.

Name: Matthew Amt

Email Address: mamt@lrcm.usuhs.mil
Web Page: http://www.larp.com/hoplite/index.html
Age: 37
Location: College Park, MD (Washington, DC area)
Other Interests: Reenactment/living history, particularly ROMAN. I also do a little in the Middle Ages (annual Battle of Hastings), and have done 17th century and American Revolution as well. I love Tolkien and Lois McMaster Bujold (sci-fi, Vorkosigan series), and watch X-Files and Star Trek Voyager (what can I say...). Nothing else is of any consequence.
Interested in the subject since: Heck, I dunno! Nine or ten years?
Particular interests in Greek military history: Hardware. I LOVE to make new things, but am willing to buy what I can't make. My main focus at the moment is Persian War era, but anything from Bronze Age through the Roman period is cool!
Proof of insanity: What more do you need? I made a hoplon, linothorax, and greaves. I plan to gather some Bronze Age gear eventually (though the Figure-8 shield may have to wait until we enlarge the house!), and just got a chunk of flint to start on my Ice Man impression!
Comments:
In this Hobby you can get paid good money for running around without pants in front of third-graders. How could anyone NOT want to do it?

Name: Jeremiah Carnes

 

Email Address: kazicarnes@sbcglobal.net
Web Page: None
Age: 28
Location: Lubbock, TX
Other Interests: writing sci-fi and fantasy, though unpublished as of yet. I hope one day to write a novel on the classical greecian period, I love watching movies and loosing myself in them completely. I've always had a love of history, especially ancient Greece and certain medievil periods. Although not recently, I have participated as a member of the SCA.
Interested in the subject since: Can't think when it started, forever if I had to define it.
Particular interests in Greek military history: Spartan history, tactics, and day to day life. Would consider doing re-enactments if I ever had the money to buy the armor.
Proof of insanity: I don't need to answer that question... yes you do... no I don't!
Comments:
I'm no professor or professional historian, only just a simple history buff who can't resist the style of the Spartans. "Breakfast well, for tonight we dine in hell." Being a veteran Marine, I can relate to that very well.

Name: Quinton Carr

Email Address: qcarr@newsbank.com
Web Page: None
Age: 33
Location: Putney, VT
Other Interests: Fishing, hunting, baseball, football, sci-fi and fantasy (especially Tolkien), Roman, Dark Age, and Medieval history, miniatures, travel
Interested in the subject since: Greek history in general since 2nd grade; the Persian Wars and Thermopylae in particular since opening the fantastic center-fold painting of the battle in "Greece and Rome: Builders of our World" by National Geographic back in 6th grade.
Particular interests in Greek military history: The Persian Wars and the campaigns of King Agesilaus, hoplite tactics and arms & armor.
Proof of insanity: The phalanx of Greek miniatures on my bookcase that keeps growing and growing.
Comments:
I don't own a hoplite panoply (yet!), but hope to send in a scan of a picture of me standing on the Acropolis of Ancient Sparta from my recent (May 2000!) trip to Greece. (I also spent two days on the hallowed ground of Thermopylae....)

Name: Francis D'Eramo

Halloween with Family

Email Address: ithaka@viaccess.net
Web Page: None
Age: 40
Location: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Other Interests: Classical history in general, tennis, raising my daughter (the lovely Theodora), early Christian history, Gnosticism, Byzantine history, Mycenaean archaeology, Homer, and a bunch of other things.
Interested in the subject since: Probably since reading A Western Way of War and Hoplite: the Greek Battle Experience, written and edited respectively by Victor Davis Hanson. This occurred about five years ago.
Particular interests in Greek military history: The Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, Herodotus, Thucydides, hoplite tactics and arms & armor.
Proof of insanity: I can't find any books on the subject at Amazon that I don't already own. Plus, I really, really would like to fight in just one hoplite battle, but I don't know if my insurance covers it.
Comments: Museum Replicas came out with a replica Corinthian helmet, which I wanted to buy. But it is fairly expensive, we just had a child, and I wanted to consult with my wife. She thought it was a bad idea, so I said to her, "What if the guys come around and ask me to go fight in a hoplite battle with them? I'll have to say, 'I can't go. I don't have a Corinthian helmet.' " She was unmoved by this, so I had several of my friends call or e-mail her and ask if I was available to fight in a hoplite battle. None of them, of course, had ever heard of a hoplite battle.
Name: Christopher Dziedzic

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Email Address: kleomenes@excite.com
Web Page: None
Age: 24
Location: Upstate New York, (Utica, Buffalo, Cornell Law School)
Other Interests: Political and miltary history generally (currently hooked on Charles XII of Sweden and the great Northern War of 1700-1721, and the demise of the British liberal party in the 1920's), Roman Catholic thoelogy, Stoic philosophy, politically active, chess, Diplomacy, rabid football, baseball and college hoops fan.
Interested in subject since: 6th grade, when my outside reading exposed me to a greater Greek world than a dozen ancient Athenians.
Particular interests in Greek military history: Basically, anything that isn't Athenian and thus has not been beaten to death. Particularly, I enjoy individual studies of specific Spartan kings as military commanders. Kleomenes I and his help towards strengthening Sparta and Greece as a whole; Agis II and his very competent generalship against Argos, at Mantinea, and against the Eleans; Agesilaus II and his Asian campaigns; Kleomenes III and his near conquest of the entire Peloponnese.
Proof of insanity:

That I've gone into law as a career only to fund my true academic interests. Still trying to sneak a submission into publication in a scholarly journal.

Comments: Always looking for input and insight as I compose and refine my "articles."

Name: David Espiru

Email Address: despriu@menta.net
Web Page: http://hoplita.tripod.cl/hoplitas.com/
Age: 28
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Interested in subject since:

I don't remember when I haven't been interested; I have always found it to be exciting.

Particular interests in Greek military history: To create a group of hoplites for reenactement for the enjoyment of all people interested in the subject.
Proof of insanity: I created a hoplon (I am doing another one), two levels of mesh, a pair of greaves, two galigae (of spare part), one linothorax, a lance, the plume of natural hair for my Corinthian helmet, a Celt shield, one caetra, a Roman belt, a íbero belt, a íbera pechera, a cover for falcata and three tunics. (I don't think I've forgotten to mention anything.)
Comments:
(translator encountered errors with this sentence) Ahora mismo no se que poner porque escribo sobre la marcha, pero en un futuro alguna cosilla se me ocurrirá.

Name: Jordi Espiru

Email Address: sertoriano@hotmail.com
Web Page: http://www.hoplita.tripod.cl/hoplitas.com
Age: 37
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Other Interests:

History in general, especially the ancient times. When I was young I saw all the films which featured Romans, Egyptian, Greek and Trojans.

Desires: To reconstruct the battle of Thermopylae.
Proof of insanity: I have constructed a hoplite panoply in six months.
Comments:
I hope that my example inspires others to try and recreate the equipment of the Greek hoplite.

Name: Shaun Fern

Me being stupid as a gladiator

Email Address: shaunf@rts.com.au
Web Page: http://www.geocities.com/shaunfern/
Age: 36
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Other Interests: Well  into cars and girls (not necessarily  in that order) martial arts, anything military, traveling and winning lotto!!!
Particular interests in Greek military history: As a young boy watching The 300 Spartans on TV, then getting interested as a adult and it took me 6 long years to find the movie (thank God for the internet)

Mainly the battle of Thermopylae, they need to get their act together and make a new version (and I think all us Spartan followers should be in it right!!!!!!!)

Proof of insanity:

Well, getting a Corinthian helmet made when everyone else was buying their  first car.. My house is full of Spartan items but I don't have a full panoply as yet, I want to get a new helmet made also as I designed my helmet years ago and it's all wrong.

Comments: I am designing a webpage solely for Spartans but I do have a few pics in my other web page above. Love to see other peoples collections, so send some pics if you have time. I have 2 original movie posters and a hard cover comic of the 300 Spartans in my collection also.....

Name: Frank Garcia Jr.

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Email Address: wwtljd@net1plus.com
Web Page: None
Age: 28
Location: Fitchburg, MA
Other Interests: Paintball, Rev War reenacting (I'm currently a British Red Coat. I actively participate every year in the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and other Rev War battles). Heavy interest in Ancient Military History, especially the Ancient Near East - Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Israelites, Philistines, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks (particularly Spartans), Romans, etc.
Particular interests in Greek military history: Persian Wars, Peloponnesian War, the training of Spartan boys (agoge), hoplite tactics, archers and slingers, arms and armor, etc.
Proof of insanity: I'm trying to develop a Greek panoply, unfortunately with great difficulty. 

As a future Middle School teacher (YOG 2001?),I want my students to learn more about Sparta. 

I feel there is too much emphasis on Athens and the philosophers, and not enough on the Spartan way of life.

Comments: Any help or advice to develop a Spartan panoply will be greatly appreciated. I really want to bring ancient history to life for my future students.

Name: Kevin Hendryx (Kevin the Elder)

Email Address: KevinHendryx@mail.utexas.edu
Web Page: The Sparta Pages
Age: 41
Location: Austin, TX
Other Interests: Military history of all types (mainly pre-Modern); miniatures and board wargaming and RPGs; Scottish history and bagpiping (I am a piper); J.R.R. Tolkien; Joan of Arc; the Beatles; Kate Bush; Sam Phillips; music in general; films; wildlife; the Alamo; comparative religious studies and mythology; writing (nonfiction and fiction); The Commandos; Silver Age comics; travel (which I rarely get to do); my wife.
Interested in the subject since: Having my life changed by seeing "The 300 Spartans" on TV c. 1970. I had to know more about these people.
Particular interests in Greek military history: The Spartan armies in particular, classical Greek warfare in general. The Persian Wars. I'd love to be involved in a Greek or even Roman reenactor unit, if one was available. Working on a complete Spartan panoply c. 480 B.C. (see pix) for display and potential future use (?)
Proof of insanity: To quote a friend, on the eve of the Millennium: "Let me see if I have this straight: you have no house and no money but you are ready for a battle that was fought a thousand [sic] years ago. Hmmm. Maybe it is we who are the fools for not being prepared."
Comments:

 

Kevin the Younger and I began to establish a Spartan history website to disseminate information about these fascinating people and fill the gap between stuffy academics and biased popular histories. It is an ongoing process, mainly because I'm not smart enough about these Infernal Devices to help much beyond providing raw content. But we're working on it, man!

Name: Kevin Marshall

Email Address: sparta at uts.cc.utexas.edu
Web Page: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~sparta/
Age: 19
Location: Bellingham, WA
Other Interests: Skiing, music, spending time tinkering with my head in my computer case, travel, China, ancient Roman history.
Interested in the subject since: After I read about it while in kindergarten in my "Let's Discover _____" bookset  I got as a gift from my aunt when I was in preschool (I basically learned how to read on those things). Later, after some expansion on the subject courtesy of the lackluster lesson on Sparta we were given in history in middle school, it really seemed to take to me. I plan to minor in history (majoring in computer science, another one of my passions) in college.
Particular interests in Greek military history: Hoplite arms & armor, tactics, battlefield conditions, terrain, political circumstances... and everything related to the Spartans. The squabbling that kept the Greeks battling so frequently never really does make for an interesting military track record..
Proof of insanity: Corinthian helmet, posters, shirts, my age and this whole website (into which I pour a large amount of time) are proof enough. Even though I suppose I should do something better with my time, this interest suits me just fine. 
Comments:
I hate midterms.

 

Name: Chris Pangalos

Email Address: cpangalos at aol.com
Web Page: http://www.rollingthunderproductions.com
Age: 39
Location: Charlotte, NC
Other Interests: Former Marine Infantryman. Enjoy all sports, particularly soccer. Like martial arts, boxing & wrestling. Ride my Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle as often as I can. Been a night club & mobile Disc Jockey for over 15 years. Love history, especially military and Ancient Greek (mostly Spartan).
Interested in the subject since: As a Greek-American I have always been proud of my heritage and fascinated by the bravery and toughness of the Spartans. The best-selling book, "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield re-sparked my interest again. If you have not read it yet you are missing the best book I have ever read in my entire life. It would make a better movie than "Braveheart" (if done correctly)
Particular interests in Greek military history: Thermopylae, Marathon, Salamis, Platea and the Persian Wars as well as the Greek War for Independence.
Proof of insanity: Spending so much time trying to put together an authentic Spartan Warrior's outfit complete with helmet, breastplate, greaves, cloak, sword, shield and spear and take part in Ancient Greek Spartan reenactments.
Comments:
None.

Name: Nicolás Ruiz-Esquide

Email Address: nruiz@hotmail.com
Web Page: None
Age: 18 (5-21-82)
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Other Interests: History in general, battle tactics, sci-fi, role playing games, strategy PC games, engineering. 
Interested in the subject since: Don't know
Particular interests in Greek military history: I don't know
Proof of insanity: I live in my room with my younger brother, who watches Pokemon!!!!!!! (disgusting)
Comments:
I know nothing about this, I fell here by accident.


Name: Trish Winston

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Email Address: atalanta16@aol.com
Web Page: http://www.homestead.com/atalanta16/
Age: Ancient
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Other Interests: Martial arts, chinese history, travel.
Proof of insanity: I have a personal armory of bladed weapons that could outfit the entire neighborhood.
Comments:
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