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(μόρα; mόra).

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[1] Division of the Spartan army

In the Spartan army no later than from 403 to 371 BC mora was the usual term for the six largest divisions of the infantry and cavalry assigned to it (Xen. Lac. pol. 11,4; Xen. Hell. 2,4,31; 4,5,3-19; Diod. 15,32,1). Each mora was commanded by a polémarchos   (Xen. hell. 4,4,7; 5,4,51), had a required strength of more than 1,000 men and was organised into lochoi (lóchos).


1 J.F. Lazenby, The Spartan Army, 1985,…

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Burckhardt, Leonhard (Basle) and Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Mora”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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