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Timothy Pettipiece

Term Appointment

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


Instructor (Roman Studies) 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 the religious cultures of Late Antiquity, particularly those of the Roman Near East and early medieval Europe.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Roman Near East
  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • Graeco-Roman Religions
  • Gnostic and Manichaean Studies
  • Languages (Greek, Latin, Coptic, Syriac)

2017-2018 Courses


CLCV 1003 Survey Roman Civilization
CLCV/HIST 2904 History of Anc. Rome I
LATN 1005A Intro to Latin


CLCV 2104/RELI 2737 Roman Religion
CLCV/ENGL 2500 Classical Myth
CLCV/HIST 2905 History of Anc. Rome II
CLCV 3202/HIST 3101 Studies in Roman History

Recent Publications


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

Manichaean Citations in Titus of Bostra’s Contra manichaeos (forthcoming)


“Varieties of Christian Gnosis,” in Blackwell Handbook of Religion in Late Antiquity (forthcoming)

“Virgins and Abstainers: Female Elect in the Manichaean Homilies,” Women in Manichaeism (Paris, 2014) forthcoming

“Manichaeism at the Crossroads of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions,” Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the International Association of Patristic Studies in Jerusalem, July 2013. forthcoming

“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)

“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).

“Separating Light from Darkness: Manichaean Use of Biblical Traditions in the Kephalaia” in The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity:Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser, 11-13 October 2006 (ed. DiTommaso and Turcescu) (Leiden: Brill, 2008).

“The Nature of ‘True Worship’: Anti-Jewish and Anti-Gentile Polemic in Heracleon” in Colloque international “L’Évangile selon Thomas et les textes de Nag Hammadi” Québec, May 29-31, 2003 (Québec: Les presses de l’Université Laval/ Louvain : Peeters, 2007), 377-393.

“Et sicut rex…”: Competing Ideas of Kingship in the Anti-Manichaean Acta Archelai”in Frontiers of Faith: The Christian Encounter with Manichaeism in the Acts of Archelaus (edited by Jason BeDuhn and Paul Mirecki; Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 61; Leiden: Brill, 2007), 119-129.

“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), 731-741.


“Mani: Evangelium” in Milestone Documents of World Religions: Exploring Traditions of Faith through Primary Sources (Dallas: Schlager Group).

“Ptolemy’s Letter to Flora” in Milestone Documents of World Religions: Exploring Traditions of Faith through Primary Sources (Dallas: Schlager Group).

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

“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.

“A Church to Surpass All Churches: Manichaeism as a Test Case for the Theory of Reception” Laval Théologique et Philosophique 61.2 (2005): 247-260.

“Eremos: The Desert as a Space of Transformation in Early Christian Spirituality” Diakonia 35.2 (2002): 113-126.