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Shocking, disturbing, challenging the long-held status quo ... Wizard of the Renaissance, Zoroastro demonstrates how thousands of technical notes were stolen from a highly educated and well connected Persian Zoroastro Masino, whom historians have reduced to a pigment colour grinder in Leonardo da Vinci's workshop. Around twenty-five extraordinarily valuable Renaissance manuscripts are attributed to Leonardo da Vinci based on the claims of his Milanese heir Francesco Melzi. Yet, when transcribers in the nineteenth century discovered many anomalies when compared with Leonardo's biography, and encountered a man who didn't seem to be entirely Leonardo or even entirely Italian, should scholars have begun asking obvious questions about authorship, and why didn't they? Did someone other than Leonardo da Vinci write and compile these amazing papers? In this riveting new account of the notes long attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, another potential author emerges. Zoroastro Masino steps out from the shadows of Leonardo's biography.Little known beyond insiders who control Leonardo’s modern biography, Zoroastro and Leonardo joined forces as young men and were always in each other’s orbit. But Zoroastro was clearly foreign, a man with a Persian name ( زَرَادُشْت ) he was an actual historical person – recorded as a magician, a metallurgist, a discoverer, an alchemist, and a prophet. Marginalized by xenophobic forces even before he passed away, he was mocked for a name common people in Italy could not pronounce. Zoroastro's epitaph called him a man of probity, a natural philosopher who was outstandingly generous. He was known to have been friends with high ranking Italians, his bones preserved in a tomb in Rome wedged between a well-known Italian poet and a Greek scholar. Then his sepulcher was destroyed in the 17th century and his entire literary legacy stolen. Written in poor Italian backwards in Eastern fashion the Tuscan Notebooks are nevertheless full of Eastern tales and wonders. There was a moment in the nineteenth century to at least test the claim of Leonardo's authorship, but no one ever did. To this day scholars begin their research of Leonardo da Vinci as if they are standing on solid ground. Yet the reality is in his own lifetime no one knew Leonardo was supposedly a genius, and the verification of his authorship is based on the word of one man, his heir Francesco Melzi. He was widely known as a painter, and in his Willl he said he was a painter. His simple headstone discovered in France in the mid-nineteenth century declared simply he was a painter. The book also brings to light proposed lost Zoroastro writings, including the missing treatise on anatomy, plagiarised by a Swiss physician in the sixteenth century, a book on games and magic, wrongly ascribed to Luca Pacioli and published under a pretentious Latin title De viribus quantitatis, and a book of personal philosophy which the nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche published as his own, Thus spake Zarathustra. A further anonymously published poem, Antiquarie prospettiche romane was likely also part of Zoroastro’s writings. Every fifty to one-hundred years a theory turns the academic world on its head. The Zoroastrian Papers will surely be one of these moments. The series includes two previous titles, Leonardo: the making and breaking of a myth and The Stolen Notebooks: Leonardo da Vinci and the Man from the East..