Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
for three days' journey from Changan [Xian, China] the traveler passes through a fine country full of thriving towns and villages, living by commerce and industry. . . . then he reaches the splendid city of Kinsai [hangzhou, China], ...
Hangzhou (which Marco Polo called Kinsai) was only one of many great Chinese cities that flourished in the 1200s. This busy port at the head of a bay opening into the East China Sea was not 100 miles (160 km) in circumference nor did it ...
C. Moule has suggested that an early copyist mistook “xii portes” (12 gates) for “xii ponts” (12 bridges). he must also have added an m to indicate one thousand. twelve bridges probably did not sound sensational enough. Hangzhou was ...
Hangzhou was home to many famous Buddhist mon- asteries and one Christian church. “Stately mansions with their gardens” lined the main street. The most impressive sight was Hangzhou's lake. Chinese poets and artists have celebrated this ...
The seaport at Zaiton (modern Quanzhou) astounded Polo even more than Hangzhou. At this port, about 400 miles (645 km) south of Hangzhou, many foreign ships came to trade. It was “the port for all the ships that arrive from India laden ...
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