PIETRO ARCHIATI studied Theology and Philosophy in Rome and Munich. He worked in Laos as a teacher during the Vietnam War, and later as a missionary in New York. In 1977, while a hermit on Lake Como he discovered Anthroposophy, which became his lifelong passion. He later worked as a lecturer in a priest seminary in South Africa. Since 1987, he has been a freelance speaker and writer (his books include Spiritual Science in the Third Millennium and The Great Religions. He also runs a compan, with Monika Grimm that publishes key texts by Rudolf Steiner in the original German.