Who invented spaghetti?

The word 'spaghetti' comes from Italian. This food is popularly believed to have been introduced to the West by the Venetian explorer Marco Polo following his visits to China. But while the Chinese have indeed been making noodles for thousands of years, they more commonly used rice flour than wheat flour.

The type of long, thin, boiled noodle today referred to as spaghetti is more like to have been introduced to southern Italy by Arab conquerors in the 12th century. A fifth century Aramaic source (the Jerusalem Talmud) refers to a boiled noodle of this sort.

A similar noodle has been attributed to an ancient people living in northern Russia. You would think it came from Italy, but it acctually came from China.