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The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps$
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Benjamin B. Olshin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226149820

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226149967.001.0001

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Who Was “Biaxio Sirdomap”?

Who Was “Biaxio Sirdomap”?

(p.28) Two Who Was “Biaxio Sirdomap”?
The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

Benjamin B. Olshin

University of Chicago Press

Chapters 2 to 6 examine the various maps and documents in detail. Chapter 2 discusses the “Sirdomap Map”, which takes its name from an unknown Syrian mariner, a certain “Biaxio Sirdomap.” The map shows northeast Asia, with toponyms in Arabic lettering; below it is a short text, apparently written by Bellela Polo; it mentions this Syrian, and includes the claim that he knew her father, Marco Polo. This chapter also examines a short text in Arabic script followed by an Italian text that describes voyages in the farthest reaches of northeast Asia, sometime in the thirteenth century.

Keywords:   northeastern Asia, Arab, navigator

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