Marco and the Polos 4: Did You Go to China, Marco?

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In this episode, I look at the question of whether Marco actually went to China (some have thought he did not at all, or only made it to the capital), and, if so, what he was doing there.


  • The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, translated by William Marsden, edited by Thomas Wright. George Bell & Sons, 1907.
  • The Travels of Marco Polo: The Complete Yule-Cordier Edition,translated by Henry Yule and revised by Henri Cordier. Courier Corporation, 1993.
  • Haw, Stephen G. Marco Polo’s China: A Venetian in the Realm of Khubilai Khan. Routledge, 2006.
  • Larner, John. Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World. Yale University Press, 1999.
  • Man, John. Marco Polo: The Journey that Changed the World.HarperCollins, 2009.
  • Olschki, Leonardo. Marco Polo’s Asia. University of California Press, 1960.
  • Rossabi, Morris. Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times. University of California Press, 1988.
  • Vogel, Hans Ulrich. Marco Polo was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues. Brill Academic Pub, 2012.