And there is nothing in the context to show that Hesiod's Amphidamas is to be identified with that Amphidamas whom Plutarch alone connects with the Lelantine War: the name may have been borne by an earlier Chalcidian, an ancestor, perhaps, of the person to whom Plutarch refers.
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.C.
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.
In the unlikely event that you were wondering why, in all this, the Lelantine War
gets barely a couple of name-checks, you will be pleased to hear of Victor Parker's 189-page monograph (B)(**)Untersuchungen zum Lelantischen Krieg.(4) And I thought that Oswyn Murray had been generous when he devoted four pages to this war in a chapter in Early Greece (of which he has declared himself `especially proud', but of which P.