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The Greek fighting formation is called the Phalanx formation. They put their spear at their right and their shield at their left protecting the other person. They won many battles like the battle of Marathon.
The battle of Marathon was fought between the Greeks and the Persians. For every Greek soldier there were 4 Persian soldiers. First the two armies watched each other and then the Greeks made a surprise attack. The Greeks won the fight. Only 192 Greeks were killed. But the Persians lost 6400 soldiers.