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«Ad consolationem legentium»

The Dominicans’ Marco Polo

edited by

Maria Conte    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Antonio Montefusco    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Samuela Simion    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



This book is the result of a fruitful exchange between the textual studies about Marco Polo’s Devisement dou Monde and the socio-historical research regarding Mendicant Orders. The Order of Preachers, in particular, includes the figure of the Venetian merchant as an auctoritas in the area of anthropological knowledge of Eastern traditions, through a Latin translation process contributing to evangelization in Asia. The aim of this book is to analyze the Dominican reception hybridizing philological and linguistical with historical and archival methods. The crossing of these research trajectories led to the finding of a parchment that testifies definitively the trusting relationship between Marco and the preachers of SS. Giovanni e Paolo convent. This convent is a key cultural center in the humanistic environment of Veneto, within which the Latin version Z is elaborated. This research has shed light on several fundamental moments of the P Latin version’s textual history, exploring the material aspects of manuscript witnesses as well as the textual relation with the vernacular source and Francesco Pipino’s Chronicon. Finally, an investigation is dedicated to the edifying adaptation of Marco Polo’s tales in Nicoluccio d’Ascoli’s sermons. The Dominican reception of Devisement dou Monde has relevant consequences for the text and its circulation, hopefully this book suggests a new perspective on Marco Polo and Dominican studies, stimulating further research.

July 27, 2020
May 29, 2020
May 4, 2020
Number of pages
16x23 cm
Copyright: © 2020 Maria Conte, Antonio Montefusco, Samuela Simion. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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Maria Conte    Antonio Montefusco    Samuela Simion   
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Primi appunti su Marco Polo e il convento veneziano dei SS. Giovanni e Paolo
Antonio Montefusco   
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Nuovi sondaggi sul ms. Firenze, BNC, Conv. soppr. C.VII.1170
Maria Conte   
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Conclusioni e prospettive di ricerca su Marco Polo e i Domenicani
Maria Conte    Samuela Simion   
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