Part-time Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

B.A. (Guelph), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D (Laval)

Room: DMS 10101

Work E-mail: tpettipi@uOttawa.ca

Timothy Pettipiece


Sessional Instructor for Carleton’s College of Humanities and the University of Ottawa’s Department of Classics and Religious Studies. 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, the earliest known commentary on the Gospel of John. He received his doctorate in Religious Studies from Université Laval in 2006, where he studied numeric patterning in Coptic Manichaean literature at the Institut d’études anciennes . He is interested in the religious culture of Late Antiquity in both the later Roman and Sasanian Persian contexts, with a specialized focus on the translation and interpretation of texts in Coptic, Greek, and Syriac. He is currently writing a biography of Mani and a commentary on Manichaean fragments found in Titus of Bostra.

Fields of Interest

  • Classics and Religious Studies (languages, history, mythology, rhetoric, ritual)
  • Early Christian Literature (canonical and non-canonical)
  • Gnostic and Manichaean Studies (Greek and Coptic sources)
  • Graeco-Roman Religions (mystery cults, syncretism, hermetica, magical papyri, neoplatonism)
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