Book of the Marvels of the World or "Description of the World" (Devisement du Monde), in Italian "Il Milione or "Oriente Poliano" ("Polian East") and in English. The Travels book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Marco Polo () has achieved an almost archetypal status as a t . A sparkling new translation of the most famous travel book ever written Marco Polo's voyages began in with a visit to China. Afterward, he.
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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Many problems were caused by the oral transmission of the original text and the proliferation of significantly different hand-copied manuscripts. For instance, did Polo exert "political authority" seignora in Yangzhou or merely "sojourn" sejourna there. Elvin concludes that "those who doubted, although mistaken, were not always being casual or foolish", but "the case as a whole had now been closed": Although Marco Polo was certainly the most famous, he was not the only nor the first European traveller to the Mongol Empire who subsequently wrote an account of his experiences.
None of them however reached China itself. Later travelers such as Odoric of Pordenone and Giovanni de' Marignolli reached China during the Yuan dynasty and wrote accounts of their travels. The Moroccan merchant Ibn Battuta travelled through the Golden Horde and China subsequently in the early-to-midth century.
The 14th-century author John Mandeville wrote an account of journeys in the East, but this was probably based on second-hand information and contains much apocryphal information. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dewey Decimal. Further information: Europeans in Medieval China and John of Montecorvino.
Il Milione. Medieval Folklore: Santa Barbara. CS1 maint: Chicago, USA: Field Columbian Museum. Retrieved 8 May — via Internet Archive. For details, see, A. Moule and Paul Pelliot, Marco Polo: The Description of the World London, , p. Retrieved 25 November Translated by John Frampton Second ed. Marco Polo, Gentilhuomo di Venezia Herriott reports the recovery of a copy of the Ghisi manuscript, clarifying many obscure passages in Ramusio's printed text.
New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues". Reviews in History. Westview, Problems with Internal Evidence". Women and the Family in Chinese History. Alpha Galileo. Archived from the original on 3 May The New Observer. It makes me want to run around my neighborhood describing the world with a limited vocabulary.
I feel like sometimes I forget the wonder behind truly unbelievable natural phenomena by just placing words on them and moving on. Dec 18, Nune Harutyunyan rated it it was ok. These are the things I would never read in my history books at school or university. It's written on good sides-very detailed description of every single place Marco polo visited and interesting insight about the life of the inhabitants of the cities and villages he has visited.
It's written on a very technical and dull manner and there is nothing to look forward to while reading it. There is no exact story line and most of the descriptions are repetitive such as: The interesting stuff mostly is in second and third book, and the afterword.
However, this is a great way to learn about old civilizations from the first hand, from a real traveler. If you just want to be a well rounded person, this is worth reading.
Apr 04, Sherrill rated it liked it. Well Marco and his family really had some great adventures.
Some of them might be a bit exaggerated but none the less he did shed a great light on little known areas of the world, especially China or Cathay as they called it then. The people of Europe could not imagine that they were not the most civilized people on earth.
They scarcely bathed and went about in ragged clothes while the people of the Orient made a fetish of bathing and wore clothes made of gold. The Khans were worshipped and obey Well Marco and his family really had some great adventures. The Khans were worshipped and obeyed to such an extent that the word kowtow came into existence due to their culture. Of course this was a very short version and was not written by Marco, but it gave me an idea of the life Marco led.
May 09, Dave rated it it was amazing. This was a very interesting, historical look at the far East. I personally believe most of these things happened as they are spoken of. You may choose to differ in opinion with me here after you've read it. The writing is very Twainesque in the sense that there are lots of short chapters chocked full with narrative, humor and history.
Although unlike Twain, more amazement than humor Sometimes it almost reads like a travel guide, and other times like a missionary account.
The rich account of This was a very interesting, historical look at the far East. The rich account of Eastern Culture was pleasantly surprising AND the missionary accounts of miracles inspired my Christian faith.
Cool stuff. Jul 16, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: Thirteenth century Venetian traveler follows his father and uncle across Asia to Beijing. Making the journey in about three years, he describes the kingdoms he passes through and the stories of the lands. After returning to Venice for a short time, he departs again, this returning via the subcontinent and Africa.
He describes battles, women, food, alcohol, religious customs, and landscapes. The story was told to a cell mate while Marco was imprisoned in Italy. Marco seems to be most fond of the Thirteenth century Venetian traveler follows his father and uncle across Asia to Beijing. Marco seems to be most fond of the Grand Khan, ruling the largest part of Asia, China.
He considers India to be the richest country in the world. He travels without trying to conquer, probably because he was traveling by land.
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Oct 21, Antoine Devictor rated it really liked it. Though it is not a literary masterpiece, it still show the many kingdoms of Medieval Asia and has a separate description for each, sometimes having an entire chapter devoted to a single city.
This is an excerpt from the book,"Leaving the city of Sa-yan-fu and proceeding fifteen days' journey to the southeast, you reach the city of Sinju, which although not large, is a great The Travels of Marco Polo by Milton Rugoff is a superb description of Medieval Asia through the eyes of a western merchant. This is an excerpt from the book,"Leaving the city of Sa-yan-fu and proceeding fifteen days' journey to the southeast, you reach the city of Sinju, which although not large, is a great center of commerce.
All in all this was a good informational book. Jul 20, Joey Brockert rated it liked it. Marco Polo left for the far East, traveled around and came back.
This memoir is a bit daunting because the names are unfamiliar and there are no maps to help you figure out what all he is talking about. The time scale is absent as well, so you never quite know how long he anywhere or how long it took him to get there. I think I will re-read this one.
Apr 22, Aaron rated it liked it.
More a list of locales than any sort of actual story, this thirteenth century tome is simultaneously dry yet fascinating. It's dull because of its artless, plodding descriptions, yet intriguing for its sheer originality of content. We get a European view of medieval Asia under the Khans from a man who walked there himself. It's certainly worth a read, but a skim-over is enough. Dec 22, Kelly Nielsen rated it really liked it. Fascinating look at the world during the 13th century.
Although Marco tries to be as factual as possible, he seems to have been quite gullible, and passed on the information about the cities and civilization as they were told to him, rather than what he actually saw in all cases yes I am thinking specifically of the men who wet-nurse their newborn children. Nov 19, Margaret added it Shelves: The real question is, does this go on the fiction shelf or the history shelf? Feb 24, AB rated it really liked it.
Nov 01, Jack Ziegler marked it as to-read Shelves: Since I decided to be a chaperone for Jenny's trip to China in the spring, I figure I should learn some more about the country. This is a recommendation from http: Nov 20, Chrisy added it. This book was awesome!Besides the infernal paintings on the walls, eight or nine monstrous idols, seated at the inner end of the pagoda, were calculated by their size and aspect to inspire awe. Many of the details in Polo's accounts have been verified. I read a novel about him years and years ago, and I traveled to Mongolia hearing much of his story again.
From the same word comes the Burmese P'ungyi or Pungi. Marco Polo does not show up in any of the detailed records kept by the Vatican or the Chinese during this time.