The historical project of Lycian Way
The project of Lycian Way, belonging to the English originated Turkish citizen Kate Clow used to aim to restaurate the historical Lycian Way originally built in the 4th century by Lycians and to build a spectacular racecourse surrounded by beauties of nature and history.
A 509 kilometers long racecourse, consisting of 23 laps, starting in Fethiye and finishing in Antalya was built sponsored by Garanti Bankasi (a very well-known Bank of Turkey) and Ministry of Culture of the Turkish Republic and opened in 1999.
The Lycian Civilization: A history beyond 3000 years
The primary archeological evidences about the Lycian Civilization in this area, which has been harboring to various pre-historic human habitations for ages, are from the 1250’s B.C., which actually means that we are talking about a 3000 years long history.
According to the ancient Egyptian sources the Lycians used to be allied to the Hittites in the early ages. After the Hittites went away from the stage of history Lycia transformed into an independent princedom, and obtained for long years as a federation, consisting of various city-states, very well-connected to each other.
The first Democracy in the history
The Lycians, the ones which have been conquered by the Persian Empire various times after the 6th century B.C., by the Macedonian Empire with the conquests of the Great Alexander and finally by the Roman Empire, have provided their independence between 168 B.C. and 43 A.C. After that, they just transformed to a Roman state and encouraged the federative structure of it, till the Byzantines concluded its existence.
The Lycian Union, which was founded in 168 B.C., was the first democratic civilization of the world and used to be governed by the senate with the votes of the senators from the city-states. The biggest cities, which also managed to obtain till today, like Patara (the Capital), Xanthos, Pinara, Tlos, Myra and Olympos used to have the right to vote triple but the other smaller cities just double or single in the senate. That’s the atmosphere, in which the participants will be camping and through which the has its racecourse.