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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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Conclusions and Future Directions

Conclusions and Future Directions

(p.98) Seven Conclusions and Future Directions
The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

Benjamin B. Olshin

University of Chicago Press

The final chapter addresses the key questions raised by these cartographic materials. Do these maps and texts connect back to the famed tradition of Marco Polo and his narrative? Are they later copies of earlier works that are genuinely connected to the family of Marco Polo? This chapter offers some conjectures, but also highlights some very intriguing clues, most notably how a number of these maps relate to a Chinese narrative that was not known in the West until the eighteenth century. Finally, the book introduces the reader to Giacinto Placido Zurla, a learned Cardinal Vicar of Rome, born in 1769 who wrote about Polo’s voyages—and who implied that Marco Polo somehow had knowledge of the remote regions beyond the Bering Strait. The concluding chapter also acknowledges the wonderful possibilities for future research on these materials.

Keywords:   forgery, fabrication, Hui Shen, Fusang, Ptolemy, Giacinto Placido Zurla, Bering Strait

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