Who was Marco Polo and what did he do that was unique in the Medieval/early Renaissance period?

This week we examine the medieval world and its relationship with knowledge and education. Specifically, we explore how people have measured time in various civilizations around the world. We also analyze how medieval Europeans experienced their world, to include what their daily lives were like with the technology available to them, as well as what they considered a sound and full education. After examining the assigned readings and videos, please answer one of the following questions as completely as possible, citing names, events, ideas, technology, and other historical issues. The instructor requires the primary use of the assigned sources. Outside sources can be used but they should supplement, not replace, the assigned texts. Do not use encyclopedias, Wikipedia, ask.com, about.com, Biography.com, History.com, or other similar sites. If using supplemental outside sources, use academic or scholarly sources wherever possible. Support all answers with citations and references. Do not use paper mills or online “answers”. Please review UMUC academic honesty and plagiarism standards. Citations and bibliographic references should be in the University of Chicago/Turabian style. For works in history, foot-notes or end-notes are required. (Avoid social science parenthetical citations: e.g., Burke, 2009). When in doubt, cite your sources of information. Work to write clear and flowing essays with smooth transitions from point to point. Here is a useful site for citations: “Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide,” http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. The instructor uses this style in his replies to students in the weekly discussions. Use the Notes and Bibliography format. The student’s main post should be submitted by Thursday, end of day, Maryland time (11:59 p.m.). Remember, one post (answer) and two replies are required to meet the minimum requirements for satisfactory work. Work to present ideas and information in one’s own style and avoid regurgitating the authors or sources verbatim. Also, review the questions and try to answer ones that have not been addressed by your colleagues. The following information may be helpful if one uses e-books. E-books often do not have page numbers. When copying from a Kindle, it generates locations as a substitute for the lack of page numbers. For example, historian James Burke, whose textbook we formerly used in this class, noted in that “[t]oday we live according to the latest version of how the universe functions.”(1) The Kindle provides the following citation: Burke, James (2009-11-11). Day the Universe Changed (Kindle Locations 37-38). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition. To translate this into the University of Chicago Style, your citation should be: James Burke, The Day the Universe Changed (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009), Kindle locations, 37-38. The bibliographic note should be: Burke, James. The Day the Universe Changed. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009. Kindle edition.

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