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Timothy Pettipiece

Associate Professor

Degrees:Hon B.A. (Guelph), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D (Laval)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2103
Office:2A51 Paterson Hall


Assistant Professor for Carleton’s College of Humanities. He received his Hon. BA in Classical Languages from the University of Guelph in 2000, and then went on to complete an MA in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2002, where he wrote a thesis on the Greek fragments of Heracleon. He received his doctorate in Religious Studies from Université Laval in 2006, where he studied Coptic Manichaean literature at the Institut d’études anciennes. He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the religious cultures of Late Antiquity, as well as the reception of religion and the ancient world in modern popular media.

Research and Teaching Interests

Classics and Religion
Gnostic and Manichaean Studies
Late Antiquity

Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Courses

CLCV 2500A/ENGL 2500A: Classical Mythology (F)
CLCV 3010B/HIST 3010B:  Later Roman Empire (W)
RELI 1731A: Varieties Religious Experience (F)
RELI 2710A Maccabees to Muhammad (W)



Biblical and Manichaean Citations in Titus of Bostra’s Against the Manichaeans: An Annotated Inventory (w/ P.-H. Poirier) (Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 78; Brepols, 2018) XXIV+204 p

Pentadic Redaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 66; Leiden: Brill, 2009) 242 p


“Gnostic Theologies of Evil” in The Evil Inclination in Early Judaism and Christianity, James Aitken, Hector Patmore, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, eds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)

“A Homily on the Life of Jesus and His Love the Apostles” in New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures Vol 2 (Eerdmanns, 2020)

“Varieties of Christian Gnosis” in A Companion to Religion in Late Antiquity (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Josef Lossl and‎ Nicholas J. Baker-Brian, eds. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018)

“Biblical and Manichaean Citations in Titus of Bostra’s Contra Manichaeos” in Christianisme des origines : Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Paul-Hubert Poirier, Eric Crégheur et al, eds. (Brepols, 2018)

“Manichaean Redaction in the Secret Book of John” in Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha, Tony Burke, ed. (Wipf and Stock, 2017)

“Mani’s Journey to India: Mission or Exile?” in Zur lichten Heimat: Studien zu Manichäismus, Iranistik und Zentralasienkunde im Gedenken an Werner Sundermann. Herausgegeben von einem Team „Turfanforschung“(Iranica, Band 25; Harrassowitz, 2017)

“The Buddha in Early Christian Literature” in Millennium 6/2009: Jahrbuch zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr. (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009).


“Manichaeism and the Revelation of the Magi: Syriac “Christianities” in Late Antique Mesopotamia” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 24.2 (2021)

“Women in the Coptic Manichaean Homilies” Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 15 (2021): 19-36

“Many Faced Gods: Triadic (Proto)Structure and Divine Androgyny in Early Manichaean Cosmogony” Open Theology 1.1 (2015)