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 Marco Polo and His Travels
Sometimes in the night travelers hear a noise like the clatter of a great company of riders away from the road; if they believe that these are some of their own company and head for the noise, they find themselves in deep trouble when daylight comes and they realize their mistake.
Marco also noted the center of the asbestos industry in Uighuristan, with its capital Karakhoja; he added that the way to clean asbestos cloth was to throw it into a fire, and that a specimen was brought back from Cathay by the Polos and presented to the Pope.
Marco Polo fell in love with the capital, which later became part of Beijing, then called Cambaluc or Khanbalig, meant 'city of the Khan.' This new city, built because astrologers predicted rebellion in the old one, was described as the most magnificent city in the world.
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 The Travels of Marco Polo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Travels of Marco Polo is the usual English title of Marco Polo's travel book, Il Milione (The Milione, comes from either The Million, which was a name used to mock the fantastic book, which many claimed was filled with "a million lies", or from Polo's family nickname Emilione).
Polo dictated the book to a romance writer, Rustichello da Pisa, while in prison in Genoa between 1298–1299.
Marco Polo's description of the Far East and its riches inspired Christopher Columbus's decision to try to reach those lands by a western route.
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 Travel Maps
Marco Polo is quite impressed, however, with the effect of this city's date wine on the naive drinker: "When it is drunk by men who are not used to it, it loosens the bowels and makes a thorough purge; but after that it does them good and makes them put on flesh" (Polo 66-68).
Marco Polo remarks again that a city is the "finest and most splendid city in the world" (213).
Marco Polo reached Kublai Kahn's court in 1275 and was employed by the emperor as a sort of spy throughout the emperor's kingdom.
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 Marco Polo's Asia
Marco Polo was raised in Venice, and became a devout Catholic in time of the fervor of the crusades.
Polo states that: "In consequence of these regulations, ambassadors to the court, and the royal messengers, go and return through every province and kingdom of the Empire with the greatest convenience and facility." To speed messages across the lands, there were also stations of running messengers at three mile intervals.
Marco Polo was raised as a Catholic and remained one for the rest of his life.
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 Marco Polo: From The Travels - Sidebar - MSN Encarta
In 1271 a teenage Marco Polo left for the Far East with his father and uncle.
After he returned 25 years later, Marco Polo recorded the wonders he had seen in fantastic detail, as this passage describing Kublai Khan’s palace and the legendary “Green Mount” demonstrates.
Polo was derisively nicknamed “El Milione” (The Million) for his seemingly implausible stories.
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 The Travels of Marco Polo - Marco Polo, Ronald Latham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
From adolescence intoto adulthood, Marco travels with his father and uncle during 30 years, discovering the marvels of a world unknown to the west, by ship, elephant or camel, or on foot over some of the world's highest mountains, against all odds but driven forth by endless curiousity and optimism.
Polo was a man of the world and that is obvious by his travels but he was clearly educated well.
Polo was fairly interested in the sexual practices of these cultures and he reported some of the more lurid ones.
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 Marco Polo - Mysteries of History - U.S. News Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The three Polos were gone 24 years, 17 of which, they said, were spent in China, where the khan sent Marco on official tours of his empire.
Polo also told quite a few whoppers–so many that English schoolboys used to greet exaggerations with the words: "It's a Marco Polo." Although he never visited Japan, he reported its royal palace roofed in gold.
View an image of Marco Polo and read about his impressions of the Tartars (also known as the Mongols), his description of Kinsay (also known as Hangchow), and his take on Chinese women.
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 The Travels of Marco Polo Summary
Marco was much liked by the Emperor, who made him his ambassador.
Following Marco's release in 1298 and up to the time of his death 26 years later, these were published as one volume under the title A Description of the World, which remained almost the only source of information about the Far East until the late 19th century.
In spite of this, on his deathbed, Marco, pressed to retract some of his stories, replied: "I have not told the half of it." And as travel to the East increased, more and more of Marco's claims were verified.
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 Marco Polo
His well-documented travels to China were some of the most influential in world history, and did much to kickstart the European age of exploration.
Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy on September 15, 1254.
Marco soon became a trusted advisor to Kublai Khan and began recording his observations of the great ruler and his vast territories, palaces, arms, and riches.
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 Marco Polo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco Polo's father, Nicolo, and his Uncle Maffeo, were both merchants who traveled to different countries to trade.
Marco Polo was one of Kublia Khans favorite men, so he let Marco Polo govern the city of Yangchow which had a population of more than 250,000.
Marco was sent to prison, because they were afraid he would become wealthy again.
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 MARCO POLO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco Polo was a Venetian (Italian) explorer who travelled through Central Asia and China.
Marco Polo was born in 1254 and he died in 1324.
Marco Polo travelled to China with his father and uncle over the Silk Road which was an overland route to China.
www.yesnet.yk.ca /schools/projects/renaissance/marcopolo.html   (175 words)

  
 Chinese Cultural Studies: Marco Polo [1254-1324]: Travels in China   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
When you have left the city of Changan and have travelled for three days through a splendid country, passing a number of towns and villages, you arrive at the most noble city of Kinsay, a name which is as much as to say in our tongue "The City of Heaven," as I told you before.
For truth it was, as the said Messer Marco Polo at a later date was able to witness with his own eyes.
And I must tell vou that every hosteler who keeps an hostel for travellers is bound to register their names and surnames, as well as the day and month of their arrival and departure.
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 Marco Polo (1254-1323?) : Library of Congress Citations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Recounts the adventures of Marco Polo who, with his father and uncle, journeyed to the court of Kublai Khan in China from 1271 to 1295.
Book of Marco Polo (copy with annotations by Christopher Columbus which is conserved at the Capitular and Columbus Library of Sevilla) Notes: His The travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, 1968.
GEV (While in prison, Marco Polo's fellow inmate, a certain Rustichello da Pisa, wrote Marco's report about his voyages under a French title: Livres des merveilles du monde, known in Italian as Il Milione) Encic.
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 Marco Polo Travels the Silk Road to China - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site
Marco Polo is probably the most famous Westerner ever to have traveled on the Silk Road to China.
Marco notes curiosities along the way—the mountain on which Noah’s ark was said to have come to rest in Armenia, the Magi’s supposed burial site in Persia, lands of intense cold and perpetual darkness in the far north.
Nonetheless, Marco was able to paint a dazzling picture of metropolises of untold wealth and of pagan and outlandish customs belonging to a world wholly ignored by the West or known only through fable and hearsay.
www.watchtower.org /library/g/2004/6/8a/article_01.htm   (1716 words)

  
 Marco Polo
Marco Polo is famous for his travels through Asia.
Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy around 1254.
Polo was captured by the Genoese and imprisoned by them.
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 Amazon.ca: Penguin Classics Travels Of Marco Polo: Books: Marco Polo,Ronald Latham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco Polo's Asiatic journeys with his father and uncle provide an exciting adventure spiced with romance, mystery, and enchantment.
The Travels reflects the stupendous extent of his travel, as Marco Polo often bypasses many places that were of no particular interest to him.
For the Chinese believed the deads would have all the money in gold and all the necessities in the next world, alive in fresh and bone, and that all the honor they did while he was burning would be done to the deads correspondingly in the next world by their gods and idols.
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 In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Journey through the Met to the Land of the Great Khan | Explore & Learn | The ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco Polo (1254–1324) was not the only medieval European to travel the
Marco lived in Venice, an important center for commerce with the East, by which his father and uncle prospered.
Marco, who had mastered several languages, became the trusted agent of Khubilai Khan and stayed at his court for seventeen years.
www.metmuseum.org /explore/marco/get_1.html   (120 words)

  
 The Travels - Marco Polo - Penguin Classics
Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time.
The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts.
In his introduction, Ronald Latham examines Marco Polo’s background to explain how he understood and classified the people, races, cultures and religions he saw in The Travels.
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And by reason of this war no one could travel without peril of being taken; thus it was at least on the road by which the brothers had come, though there was no obstacle to their traveling forward.
Thereafter Messer Marco abode in the Khan's employment some seventeen years, continually going and coming, hither and thither, on the missions that were entrusted to him by the lord and sometimes, with the permission and authority of the great Khan, on his own private affairs.
In the year of Christ 1288, Messer Marco Polo was in that country, and at that time the king had, between sons and daughters, three hundred and twenty-six children, of whom at least one hundred and fifty were men fit to carry arms.
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 Marco Polo in China: 1275-1292
Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy in the year 1254.
The Emperor became interested in stories of the native land of the merchants; thus, he sent the Polos back to the Pope as his ambassadors with messages of peace and interest in converting areas of China to Christianity.
Upon his return to Italy, Marco Polo told of his findings of jade, porcelain, silk, ivory, and other riches of Asia.
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 Marco Polo, Travels to China - Timeline Index
Marco Polo, is probably the most famous Westerner traveled on the Silk Road.
The Polo Brothers: In 1260 two Venetian merchants arrived at Sudak, the Crimean port.
Chosen as one of the ten best adventure books of all time The Travels of Marco Polo remains a wondrous adventure narrative.
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 Amazon.com: The Travels of Marco Polo: Books: Marco Polo,Ronald Latham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World (Yale Nota Bene) by John Larner
Marco Polo was the original Indiana Jones and then some.
As a geography and history buff, I was fascinated by Marco Polo's journal of his travels.
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 Marco Polo, Part I @ nationalgeographic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco speaks of delays on account of rain, snow, and swollen rivers, explaining in part why it took three and a half years to reach China.
So begins Marco Polo’s book, The Description of the World, as presented in Arthur Christopher Moule’s masterful English translation of a version of Polo’s book known to scholars as the F text.
The original product of Marco’s collaboration with a romance writer named Rustichello has been lost, and so scholars are left to sift through the some 150 versions known to exist, no two exactly alike.
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 Medieval Sourcebook: Marco Polo: The Glories Of Kinsay [Hangchow] (c. 1300)
Marco Polo returned to Venice, his hometown, in 1295 after an absence of twenty-five years in the East.
Although Kublai Khan's capital was in the north, at the city later called Beijing, Hanchow had served as the capital of the Southern Song dynasty until 1279 and was a major cultural and political center.
The is some dispute as to the reliability of the Travels of Marco Polo.
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 Amazon.com: The Travels of Marco Polo (Wordsworth Classics): Books: Marco Polo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
On a somewhat superficial level, Polo's book is a must read for lovers of travel or adventure stories, as it reads like a great lost book of the Bible, rife with historic vengeance, heroic warriors, eccentric mystics, penultimate battles and rallying speeches that seem torn out of the best passages of Thucydides.
Many of the practices and beliefs Polo witnessed -- specifically, polygamous peoples, perspectives on sexuality, methods of execution and the dazzling ways in which the people Polo came across attempted to please the gods and interpret the cosmos -- offer a memorable glimpse into a unique historical epoch.
Polo's insistence on portraying Moslems and Buddhists as savage rogues does make for a one-dimensional and distinctly Christian view of the world as it was in Polo's day, and his language is hardly the most attractive aspect of the book, which is written in a particularly conversational and redundant style.
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 MARCO POLO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Marco Polo lived for 16 years in China where he was employed for several years by Kublai Khan.
He served as Governor of Yangzhou, but then left China in 1292, returned to Venice (1295), and fought against the Genoese, but was captured.
In prison wrote an account of his adventures in 'Travels of Marco Polo' - a book which instantly fired the imagination of all Medieval Europe.
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 Marco Polo in Asia
In the early medieval centuries, as Persian traders travelled east, they brought this form of Christianity to the flourishing cultures and kingdoms of central and east Asia, including Turkestan, Mongolia and China.
And yet Western Europe remained ignorant of these eastern Christians -- Nestorians and Jacobites -- who, according to Jacques de Vitry, Bishop of Tyre, "exceeded the numbers of Latins and Greeks taken together, and within the Muslim lands, apart from Egypt and Syria, far exceeded the number of Mohammedan believers.
[1] The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian is a free ebook and can be downloaded by clicking here.
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 The Travels of Marco Polo — Volume 1 eBook
DIGRESSION CONCERNING THE MANSION OF THE POLO FAMILY AT VENICE.
MARCO POLO’S BOOK; AND THE LANGUAGE IN WHICH IT WAS FIRST WRITTEN.
The Travels of Marco Polo — Volume 1 from Project Gutenberg.
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