The doru is a spear that was the chief armament of hoplites (heavy infantry) in Ancient Greece. This version of the doru is about two metres (six feet) in length and has a handle with a diameter of two inches made of bronze- or iron-shod wood. The flat leaf-shaped spearhead is composed of iron and its weight is counterbalanced by a bronze butt-spike.
Though aerodynamically shaped, the heaviness of the shaft makes it unsuitable as a throwing weapon. The wide, often serrated, leaf-like shape of the weapon's head is capable of inflicting devastating wounds. However, the weight and balance of the weapon require extensive training to be able to wield effectively.