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0167 Notes on Marco Polo : vol.2
Notes on Marco Polo : vol.2 / Page 167 (Color Image)

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273. LINGIU   763

head of what was then called the « province of I-tu »   ). This name was taken from Li

T'an's provincial seat at I-tu, the modern Ch'ing-chou-fu in Shan-tung, far to the east of Chi-nan-fu. Li T'an wielded absolute power over the whole region for more than thirty years, clamouring always for more armaments and resources under pretence of the Sung menace. Finally, in the 2nd moon of 1262, he revolted and starting from I-tu, captured Chi-nan-fu from its hereditary governor Chang Hung. Qubilai ordered A-shu (see « Agiul ») to attack Chi-nan-fu. The prince Qabici (?) was put in nominal command of the troops, and the minister Shih T'ien-tsê soon came to direct the besieging armies. When Li T'an found the situation desperate, he tried to drown himself in a lake, but was dragged out and taken to prince Qabici(?)'s, tent. At the request of Shih T'ien-tsê, Li T'an was immediately executed (August 6, 1262), together with his fellow-rebel Nang-chia-tai (Nangiadai; see « Mongatai »). The province of I-tu was abolished in 1266 (YS, 6, 3 a).

The Mss. are wrong by ten years as to the date of the revolt, which took place some thirteen years before Polo arrived in China. The account of the event, which Polo evidently heard on the spot on passing through Western Shan-tung, bears testimony to Li T'an's power and to the impression which his fall had left on his countrymen (see also « Tundinfu »).

I do not know who Prince Ha-pi-ch'ih was; the name might be restored to *Qabiêi, known amongst Chinghiz-khan's ancestors, or perhaps into *Qabigci (< Turk. Qapïyci). It is probably Ha-pi-ch'ih who appears as Prince Pai-ch'u (Baiiu ?) in YS, 128 (see « Agiul »). In both cases, T'u Chi (33, 6-7; 91, 1 a) has corrected the name to that of Büjäk, a son of Tului by a concubine ; but the emendation is arbitrary (see « Mongatai »).

273. LINGIU (c. 136)

angui V

cingui, zingu,i VB ligiu F, Ft, L, TA3

ligui TA' liguy FA, FB linçifu Z

lingiu F

lingui Fr, LT, TA' linguy FAt, FB

Polo's names are here most difficult to identify. I have no doubt that, on leaving « Singiu matu » (Hsin-chou = Chi-ning), the travellers followed the postal road to Huai-an (see « Coigangiu »). The following are the relays according to Yung-lo ta-tien, 19426, 4 b : From Chi-ning, to the south-east,

75 li to j%   Yü-t'ai; 75 li to 4 n T'an-k'ou; 75 li to jj ß Hu-ling; 90 li to the hsien of . P'ei;

+   Yang-chia-ch'ang (no distance given);   Ch'in-kou (no distance given); a 4.1j Hsü-
chou; from here to Huai-an, by water relays, to the east, 60 li to p, t 13-iiang; to the south-east,

100 li to 4:5 )I.1 P'ei-chou;   ï f Fou-ho (no distance given);, Su-ch'ien (no distance given;

see « Ciugiu »);   Ts'ui-chên (no distance given); 4R , , , Chang Ssû-chung, 60 li to a 41

Kêng-chu-sha; 60 li to A j n Ta-ch'ing-k'ou; Huai-an (no distance given). This is in agreement with the itinerary of the commissioners of 1276, who travelled by boat from Huai-an to near Chi-ning (TP, 1915, 396-398). This water route passed south-east of the Lake Wei-shan of our maps.