The Book Of Ser Marco Polo

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“The Book of Ser Marco Polo” is a thirteenth century edition that was transcribed by Marco Polo’s cell mate and was later translated by Henry Yule (266). Marco Polo is a son to Nicolo Polo a trader who entered the city of Cambaluc a center of Chinese civilization in the Yuan period (266). Marco was subsequently captured and put in prison and this book was created out of the stories he was telling his cell mate while they were passing time at the Genoese prison (266). By reading through this book; we can explore more about its content plus citation, its communication as well as context, and its connection and conclusion (266).
The first items the author portrays in this document are its contents plus citation. In the contents section, the main ideas depicted are idolatry, innovations, and the superstition (275). For instance, it was narrated that the people within the society at that time practiced Idolatry. They loved and adore their rule the Great Khan, to extend that some were calling him lord of lords, but his real name was Cublay (266).The worshipping of the leader in the society also can be seen during ceremonies like birthdays that were held at the court. For example, at any court occasion, the leader’s table was elevated above the others and at some point people could drop on their knees to make a deeper obeisance before him (269).The narrator also indicates that Cathayans were idolaters, because they posses gods and as regards to their gods, each god had a table…

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