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The Travels of Marco Polo (Modern Library Classics)

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Reading Group Guide

1. Though many of his contemporaries doubted the veracity of his story, Marco Polos account of his travels was widely read and discussed in medieval times, and went on to become the most influential and popular travel narrative ever written. What do you think accounts for its popularity and historical importance?

2. Why did Marco Polo, his father, and his uncle embark upon their journey? What did they hope to accomplish? What did they actually accomplish?

3. What qualities made Marco Polo an ideal traveler and narrator?

4. What do you think accounted for Marco Polos success as an advisor, administrator, and diplomat in the government of Kublai Khan? What can you discern about Marco Polo the man from his writings?

5. What sort of impression did Kublai Khan make on Marco Polo? How does Marco Polo describe him?

6. Some of the marvels Marco Polo encountered in his travels through the East were completely unknown in the Europe of his time. These include paper money, the Imperial postal system, crocodiles, and coconuts. What other interesting and peculiar phenomena did Marco Polo discover during his travels?

7. Discuss the general features of Chinese society and culture as described by Marco Polo. How did this culture compare to the Europe of Marco Polos day? To other cultures and civilizations that you are familiar with?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758188
Editor:
Komroff, Manuel
Translator:
Marsden, William
Translator:
Marsden, William
Author:
Polo, Marco
Author:
Goodwin, Jason
Author:
Marsden, William
Author:
Komroff, Manuel
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Mongols
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Asia Description and travel.
Subject:
World History-Asia
Subject:
travel;history;china;asia;marco polo;non-fiction;exploration;medieval;13th century;biography;italy;classic;memoir;literature;classics;middle ages;autobiography;travelogue;central asia;mongols;medieval history;fiction;italian literature;travel writing;adve
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
no. 234
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 MAPS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.98x5.30x.76 in. .59 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Marco Polo the Venetian traveled throughout the Far East in the 13th-Century, discovering all manner of advanced wonders of art and technology unknown to Europeans, and serving as Kubla Khan's trusted advisor and ambassador. When he returned to Venice after a 25 year absence, no one believed his tales. Dictated in prison, his Travels is one of the earliest European travel tales and remains a "thrilling story of what even in our day is still the land of wonder."
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