Classics Calendar for January 8

The purported meeting between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Su Dongpo (1037; died August 24, 1101) major Chinese poet; around 2,700 poems, including Chibifu (The Red Cliffs); Nian Nu Jiao: Chibi Huai Gu (Remembering Chibi); and Shui diao ge tou (Remembering Su Zhe on the Mid-Autumn Festival). Also, one of "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song."

Wilkie Collins (1824; died September 23, 1889) English novelist, playwright, and short story writer who wrote The Woman in White; No Name; Armadale; The Moonstone

Died on this day:

Marco Polo (1324; born 1254) Italian merchant and explorer; The Travels of Marco Polo (originally in Old French Livre des Merveilles du Monde or Book of the Marvels of the World) was based on his stories

Galileo Galilei (1642; born February 15, 1564) Italian astronomer; Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo (Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems); Sidereus Nuncius (The Starry Messenger)

Paul Verlaine (1896; born March 30, 1844) French poet; Poèmes saturniens; Sagesse; Les poètes maudits

Bonus Classic

The Dead Sea Scrolls (408 BCE-318 CE?) Biblical and extra-biblical manuscripts in Hebrew and other languages

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