A 2,000-year-old tablet was uncovered in the Beyşehir district of the Central Anatolian province of Konya (Turkey). Being part of the Lukuyanus Monument, the tablet was apparently built to honour a jockey named Lukuyanus, who died at an early age in the Pisidian era. The discovery was made on the site of an ancient hippodrome.
The tablet refers to a Roman jockey named Lukuyanus. The tablet contains horse-racing rules. t says that if a horse comes in first place in a race it cannot participate in other races, while another horse of the winning horse’s owner also cannot enter another race. In this way, others were given a chance to win. The artefact is probably the oldest one describing the rules of horse racing.
(after Hurriyet Daily News)