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Timothy Pettipiece

Assistant Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Guelph), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D (Laval)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2103
Office:2A35 Paterson Hall, Office hours: TBA


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 the ancient world in modern popular media.

Research and Teaching Interests

Classics and Religion
Gnostic and Manichaean Studies
Late Antiquity
Digital Humanities

2020-2021 Courses

CLCV 1003A: Survey of Roman Civilization (F)
CLCV 2104/RELI 2737B: Roman Religion (W)
CLCV 2500/ENGL 2500A: Classical Mythology (F)
LATN 2201A: Intermediate Latin II (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).

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

Chapters and Articles

“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 Blackwell Handbook of Religion in Late Antiquity (Josef Lossl and‎ Nicholas J. Baker-Brian, eds. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018)

“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)

“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)        

“Manichaeism at The Crossroads of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions” in Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) (Brepols, 2015)

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

“Burn the World Down: Manichaean Apocalyptic in Comparative Perspective” in The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective (ed. Bardakjian, 2014)

“Parallel Paths: Tracing Manichaean Footprints along the Syriac Book of Steps” in Breaking the Mind: New Studies in the Syriac Book of Steps (eds. Heale and Kitchen) (Catholic University of America Press, 2013)

“Coptic Answers to Manichaean Questions: The Erotapokritic Nature of the Kephalaia” in La littérature des questions et réponses dans l’antiquité profane et chrétienne : De l’enseignement à l’exégèse (ed. Bussières) (Brepols, 2013)

“Towards a Manichaean Reading of the Nag Hammadi Codices” Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 3–4 (2012)

“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)            

“From Cybele to Christ: The Transformation of Late Roman Religious Culture” SR: Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 37.1 (2008): 41-61

“The Faces of the Father: ‘Pentadization’ in Kephalaia Chapter 21” Vigiliae christianae 61 (2007): 470-477.

“Rhetorica manichaica: A Rhetorical Analysis of Kephalaia Chapter 38, ‘On the Light-Mind, the Apostles, and the Saints’” for Coptica-Gnostica-Manichaica: Mélanges offerts à Wolf-Peter Funk (Québec : Les presses de l’Université Laval, 2006)