Zoroaster 628-551 BC
Zoroaster holds the heavenly
sphere, Ptolemy (with his back turned) holds the earthly
sphere. Staring right into the camera is Raphael himself,
who should have known better.
Detail from Raphael Sanzio's
fresco The School of Athens, created in 1509 in the
Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican Palace, Rome, Italy.
Here is the entire piece
Zoroaster hailed from ancient Iran.
His forte was religion. Thus,
his ideas live on as Zoroastrianism.
He is also spelled
Zarathushtra or Zarathustra.