Asian Art and History
Marco Polo: Myth and Reality
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Morris Rossabi, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, Queens College, The City University of New York
A presentation, with illustrations, of the epic journey of Marco Polo to the Middle East and China. Marco’s colorful anecdotes and his reports about porcelain, paper money, Beijing and Hangzhou are recounted. Some critics have questioned whether Marco reached China, but this presentation offers evidence that he did.
This lecture will be presented virtually using an online video platform. Patrons will be sent access information as the date of the event approaches.
This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.
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Morris Rossabi, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scholar, Adjunct Professor of Inner Asian History; Distinguished Professor of History, Queens College, The City University of New York. Professor Rossabi is a historian of China and Central Asia. He teaches courses on Inner Asian, East Asian and Chinese history at Columbia. During the 2008–09 academic year, he received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia (photo), wrote a preface to the 20th anniversary reissue of his book Khubilai Khan (University of California Press), wrote a preface for the Russian and Korean translations of Khubilai Khan, published the article “MPRP: Transmogrification of a Political Party” in Pacific Affairs, wrote a preface to the reissue of his book Voyager from Xanadu and delivered keynote addresses for conferences at the University of British Columbia, Inner Mongolian University, Nanjing University and National University of Mongolia.
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