Did you know?
There are a number of myths surrounding Maro Polo’s travelogue, The Travels of Marco Polo. Published after Marco Polo’s return to Venice, it was a dictated story of an incredible journey along the Silk Road through Asia. The original book, now lost, was handwritten in Old French and titled Le Divisament dou Monde, or “The Description of the World.” Throughout Europe, it was commonly known as Il Milone or the “Million Lies” because many were skeptical of his accounts.
Both man and myth today, Marco Polo is forever recognized as the ultimate travel adventurer and his account remains one of the greatest travelogues ever written. On his deathbed at the age of 70, he is said to have declared, “I have only told half of what I saw.”