2,000 year old inscription with 'horse racing rules' discovered in central Turkey
Historians have recently deciphered a 2000-year-old inscription carved into a monument in memory of Lukuyanus, a Roman-era jockey, in Beyşehir, a district in the central Turkish province of Konya. The inscription was found on a rock-carved monument next to a horse figure dedicated to the jockey.
|Horse relief and entrance to grave room [Credit: Orhan Akkanat/Anadolu Agency]|
"Lukuyanus was a Roman jockey, and this structure here shows this was a place dedicated to horse racing and horse breeding. Hittites used to build monuments here in a tribute to the mountains they deemed holy and we believe horse racing was a dedication to those holy mountains as well in the Roman era," he said.
|The inscription detailing rules of ancient horse racing [Credit: Orhan Akkanat/Anadolu Agency]|
The monument is located next to a rock-hewn burial chamber, a narrow space with an entrance where Lukuyanus was believed to have been buried. Though his remains have long gone, the inscription on the monument is still legible.
|Dr. Hasan Bahar points to inscription [Credit: Orhan Akkanat/Anadolu Agency]|
The monument is located on the eastern border of Pisidia, an ancient region stretching from the present-day Mediterranean city of Antalya to the Anatolian heartland.
Source: Anadolu Agency [May 03, 2016]