A description of the travels of marco polo by marco polo

The learned Professor BRUUN, of Odessa, whom I never have seen, and have little likelihood of ever seeing in this world, has aided me with zeal and cordiality like that of old friendship.

A sophisticated culture outside the reaches of the Vatican seemed unfathomable, and yet that's exactly what the Polo brothers described to confounded Venetians when they arrived home.

Marco's later stories showed him to be an early anthropologist and ethnographer. Marco Polo emerges as being curious and tolerant, and devoted to Kublai Khan and the dynasty that he served for two decades. By the time the group reached Persia's Port of Hormuz, just 18 people, including the princess and the Polos, were still alive.

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COOPER, one of the most adventurous travellers of modern times, for leave to quote some passages from his unpublished diary. JOHN, R.

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He never mentions the practice of foot-binding, even though this custom fascinated all other Europeans who travelled to China. Original Preface.

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The work claims to be judged as a whole, but it may be allowable, in these days of scanty leisure, to indicate below a few instances of what is believed to be new matter in an edition of Marco Polo; by which however it is by no means intended that all such matter is claimed by the editor as his own.

Instead, it's a systematic description of all the countries one can find east of Italy. In the end, he acquiesced to their request with one condition: They escort a Mongol princess to Persia, where she was to marry a Persian prince.

A description of the travels of marco polo by marco polo

So much of what he claimed to have seen has been verified by researchers, academics and other explorers. As regards historical illustrations, I would cite the notes regarding the Queens Bolgana and Cocachin, on the Karaunahs, etc. But through it all, Marco reveled in the adventure. Especial thanks are also due to Dr. Template:Emmerick Nestorian Christianity had existed in China since the Tang dynasty — AD when a Persian monk named Alopen came to the capital Chang'an in to proselytize , as described in a dual Chinese and Syriac language inscription from Chang'an modern Xi'an dated to the year Their faces looked unfamiliar to their family and they struggled to speak their native tongue. For instance, he described porcelain, the use of coal, and the use of paper money—all unknown to Europeans in the thirteenth century. Check that: no narrative. Ney Elias in the fact of his having carried these ponderous volumes with him on his solitary journey across the Mongolian wilds! Murray in enabling me largely to increase their number in this edition. During their stay with the leader, Khan had expressed his interest in Christianity and asked the Polo brothers to visit again with priests and a collection of holy water. The Great Walls were built to keep out northern invaders, whereas the ruling dynasty during Marco Polo's visit were those very northern invaders. Marco Polo soon was caught up in the war between Venice and Genoa, for which he equipped and commanded a galley in the Venetian navy. Their decision was not one that pleased Khan, who'd grown to depend on the men.

And to top it all, the emperor seems like a decent guy.

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