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Making Marco's Tall Tale Taller

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Making Marco's Tall Tale Taller

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With over 100 known versions written of Marco Polo's story, researchers struggle to find the original tale embedded in hundreds of years of elaboration.

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Famous Italian explorer Marco Polo is credited with being the first Westerner to travel to China and for bringing spaghetti back to Europe. But growing doubt among scholars suggests that his real-life adventure may be a mythological legend. The famous account of his travels wasn't even written by Marco Polo but rather by an Italian romance novelist. Join scholars as they comb the streets of Venice and pore over ancient Chinese texts in search of evidence that proves the great voyager ever existed.

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