Pressfield: His Shield

“Have your instructors taught you why the Spartans excuse without penalty the warrior who loses his helmet or breastplate in battle, but punish with loss of all citizenship rights the man who discards his shield?”

They had, Alexandros replied.

“Because a warrior carries a helmet and breastplate for his own protection, but his shield for the safety of the whole line.”

– Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire (p. 36)

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