Lelantine War


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Lelantine War

 

a war on the island of Euboea between the cities of Chalcis and Eretria over control of the fertile Lelantine plain (Lelanton pedion) in the seventh century B.C. In this war, Samos, Corinth, and the cities of the Thracian coast sided with Chalcis, and Miletus and Megara with Eretria. The Lelantine War thus became a war between two alliances of commercial cities of ancient Greece. The war ended in a victory of Chalcis and its allies; the Thessalian cavalry played the decisive role in the victory.

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Critics from Plutarch downwards have almost unanimously rejected the lines 654-662, on the ground that Hesiod's Amphidamas is the hero of the Lelantine Wars between Chalcis and Eretria, whose death may be placed circa 705 B.
It can be a salutary exercise to demonstrate the lack of coherence of the ancient reports about, say, the Lelantine War, the First Sacred War, or the Spartan "Great Rhetra," but too much of this kind of historiographical overkill will make most students long to be somewhere else playing videogames.