University of Florida
Department of Classics





Victoria Emma Pagán
Professor and Chair
115C Dauer Hall

Mailing Address:
125 Dauer Hall
Department of Classics
University of Florida
Post Office Box 117435 
Gainesville, FL 32611-7435

FAX:  352-846-0297

Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature

Companion to Tacitus

image courtesy of  Art Renewal Center



Conspiracy Narratives

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae


  • 1997.        Ph.D. Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
  • 1990.        M.A. Classical Studies, University of Michigan
  • 1988.        B.A. Latin, magna cum laude,  Kent State University


  • "Tacitus Plus: The Poetics of Disguise," directed by W. Ralph Johnson.


  • 2010-        University of Florida, Gainesville, Professor and Chair
  • 2005-10.   University of Florida, Gainesville, Associate Professor with tenure.
  • 2005.        University of Wisconsin, Madison, Associate Professor with tenure.
  • 1998-05.  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Assistant Professor tenure track.
  • 1997-98.  University of Florida, Gainesville, Assistant Professor tenure track.

Post Doctoral Grants and Awards

  • 2012.  University of Florida Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Grant
  • 2011.    University of Florida Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Solutions Award in Academics
  • 2010.    University of Florida "Prairie Project" Sustainability Fellow
  • 2010.    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year
  • 2009.      University of Florida Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Grant
  • 2008-09.      Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
  • 2007.  University of Florida Department of Classics, Spring semester leave
  • 2006.  University of Florida Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Grant
  • 2005.  University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Grant, declined
  • 2004.  American Association of University Women Research Grant
  • 2004.  University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Grant, declined
  • 2002-03.  Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship
  • 2002.  University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanities
  • 2001.  University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Service Grant
  • 2001.  University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Grant
  • 2000.  University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Grant
  • 1999.  University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Grant
  • 1998-99.  Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities



  • 2012. Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature. Austin: University of Texas Press. Pp. 185. ISBN 978-0-292-73972-7. $55.
  • 2012. A Companion to Tacitus, editor. Malden, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Ltd. Pp. 599. ISBN 978-1-4051-9032-9. $199.95.
  • 2009.  A Sallust Reader: Selections from Bellum Catilinae, Bellum Jugurthinum, and Historiae. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.  Pp. 162.  ISBN 9780865166875.  $19.

        2010.  Peter Cohee, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2010.08.24

        2007.  Richard Mawbrey, Historic Gardens Review 18:40.
        2007.  William Fitzgerald, Times Literary Supplement, November 9: 29.
        2007.  Prudence Jones, Classical Outlook 85.1: 50.
        2008.  John Henderson, Scholia Reviews ns 17: 2.
        2008.  Diana Spencer, New England Classical Journal 35.1:71-4.
        2008.  “A Garden of Verse,” Cynthia Bannon, Classical Review 58.2: 471-2.
        2009. P. Osmond, International Journal of the Classical Tradition 16.3-4: 582-3.
        2010. Gillian McIntosh, Classical Bulletin 85.1-2: 158-61.

         Reviews and Notices:
          2004.  Phyllis Wachter, “Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing,”                             Biography 27.4: 762.
          2005.  Chronicle of Higher Education, “Hot Type” February 11.
          2005.  Simone Bonim, History in Review, March 2.
          2005.  John Allen, On Wisconsin, Summer, p. 18.
          2005.  R. I. Frank, Choice, October.
          2005.  Holly Haynes, American Journal of Philology 126.4: 630-2.
          2006.  Debra Nousek, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.01.48.
          2006.  J. B. Rives, Classical Philology 101.2: 177-81.
          2006.  Christina S. Kraus, New England Classical Journal 33.2: 152-4.
          2006.  John Phillips, Southern Humanities Review 40.3: 290-3.
          2006.  Mary Jaeger, Hermathena 180: 133-5.
          2007.  Barbara Weiden Boyd, Clio 36.3: 421-7.
          2007.  Uwe Walter, sehepunkte 7.2 [15.02.2007]                                                           
          2007.  Andrew Hadfield, "History/Historiography," Year's Work in Critical and                         Cultural Theory 15: 217-39.


Submitted to editors. "Georgics 2.497 and Thebaid 1.19-20: Allusion and Inspiration," Brill Companion to Statius, W. Dominik and C. Newlands, eds. Leiden: Brill.

2010 [2012].  “Forestalling Violence in Sallust and Vergil,” Museion 10: 23-44.

2011. “Velleius 2.30.6 and Tacitus, Histories 4.81: Accomplishing Allusion,” in Velleius Paterculus: Making History, E. Cowan and A. Powell, eds.  Swansea: Classical Press of Wales: 141-156.

2010  “The Power of the Epistolary Preface from Statius to Pliny,” Classical Quarterly 60.1: 194-201.

2009  “Latin Secondary Education: Costs and Benefits,” Classical World 102.3: 316-22.

2008 “Toward a Model of Conspiracy Theory for Ancient Rome,” in “Dark Powers: Conspiracy and Conspiracy Theory in History and Literature,” Eva Horn, ed. New German Critique 103: 27-49.

2007/08  “Teaching Torture in Seneca Controversiae 2.5,” Classical Journal 103.2:  165-82.

2006.  “Shadows and Assassinations: Forms of Time in Tacitus and Appian,” Arethusa 39.2: 193-218.

2005.  “Magno Itinere: Caesar in the Fifth Semester,” Classical Outlook 82: 133-7.

2005.  “The Pannonian Revolt in the Annals of Tacitus,” Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XII: 414-22.

2004.  “Speaking Before Superiors: Orpheus in Vergil and Ovid,” in Free Speech in Classical Antiquity, I. Sluiter and R. Rosen, eds. Leiden: Brill: 369-89.

2002.  “Actium and Teutoburg: Augustan Victory and Defeat in Vergil and Tacitus,” in Clio and the Poets: Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient Historiography, D. Levene and D. P. Nelis, eds.  Leiden: Brill: 45-59.

2000.  “The Mourning After: Statius Thebaid 12,” American Journal of Philology 121: 423-52.

2000.  “Distant Voices of Freedom in the Annales of Tacitus,” Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History X: 358-69.

1999.  “Beyond Teutoburg: Transgression and Transformation in Tacitus, Annales 1.61-62,” Classical Philology 94: 302-20.

1991.  with L. KOENEN and W. LUPPE, “Explanations of Callimachean aitia,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik  88: 157-64.


2011.  L. Kronenberg, Allegories of Farming from Greece and Rome: Philosophical Satire in Xenophon, Varro, and Virgil (Cambridge 2009).  Classical Journal Online 2011.09.01.

2008 [2010]. R. Rosen and I. Sluiter, City, Countryside and the Spatial Organization of Value in Classical Antiquity (Leiden 2006). Ancient History Bulletin 22: 173-175.

2010 D. Sailor, Writing and Empire in Tacitus (Cambridge 2008). New England Classical Journal 37.2:

2007.  N. Shumate, Nation, Empire, Decline: Studies in Rhetorical Continuity from the Romans to the Modern Era (London 2006).  New England Classical Journal 34.3:273-5.

2007.  with A. WOLPERT.  J. Roisman, The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens (Berkeley 2006).  Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.03.14.

2006.  P. Bowe, Gardens of the Roman World (Los Angeles 2004).  Classical Outlook 83.2: 89.

2005.  H. Haynes, The History of Make Believe: Tacitus on Imperial Rome (Berkeley 2003).  Hermathena 179: 224-6.

2004.  E. Gunderson, Declamation, Paternity, and Roman Identity: Authority and the Rhetorical Self (Cambridge 2003).  Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.02.29.

2004.  C. Damon, Tacitus Histories I (Cambridge 2003).  Classical Review 54: 111-112.

2002.  D. Hurley, Suetonius Divus Claudius (Cambridge 2001).  Journal of Roman Studies 92: 252-53.

2001.  R. Ash, Ordering Anarchy: Armies and Leaders in Tacitus’ Histories (Ann Arbor 1999) and E. O’Gorman, Irony and Misreading in the Annals of Tacitus (Cambridge 2000).  Journal of Roman Studies 91: 252-53.

In Progress

Tacitus Encyclopedia. Oxford and Boston: Blackwell Publishing.  Commissioned as editor.

London: I. B Tauris & Co. Publishers. Under contract.

Conferences and Invited Lectures (Last Three Years)

2013 Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Guest Lecturer, Hendrix College, Conway, AR.

2013 "Fear in the Agricola," Celtic Conference in Classics, Bordeaux.

2011. “Suspicion in Suetonius,” finalist for the position of John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Latin, Washington University in St Louis, February 4.

2010 “Making Silence Speak: Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice,” NEH Conference on Ovid and Ovidanism, University of Richmond, April 16-17.

2010 Respondent for Langford Conference on divine visitation, Florida State, February 26-27.

2010 “Debating Violence in Vergil and Sallust,” Eta Sigma Phi lecture, University of South Florida, February 11.

2009 Respondent for “Fear in the Ancient World,” sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF, Gainesville, November 14.

2009 “Forestalling Violence,” Keynote Address, Classical Association of the Canadian West, Winnipeg, March 7.

2009 “High Fidelity: The Commentary in the Classroom,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, March 3.

2008  “Spartacus to Cicero: From Conspiracy to Conspiracy Theory,” University of North Carolina Greensboro, September 25.

2008.  “Conspiracy in the Satires of Juvenal,” Classical Association of Middle West and South (CAMWS), Tucson, April 18.

2008.  “Velleius 2.30.6 and Tacitus Histories 4.81:  Allusion and Intertext,” Velleius Paterculus: Making History, Leicester UK, April 1-3.

2008.  “The Power of the Preface from Statius to Pliny,” Classical Association (CA), Liverpool UK, March 27-30.

2008.  "Conspiracy Theory in Terence's Hecyra," American Philological Association (APA), Chicago, January 5.

Services (Last Five Years)

University of Florida

Department of Classics
2010-2015    Chair
2005-2010    Eta Sigma Phi Faculty Advisor
2006-2010    Supervisor of Graduate Teaching Assistants
2005-2008    Curriculum Committee, Chair
2005-2008    Tenure Mentor
2006-2007    Department By-Laws Committee, Chair
2008, 2006    Rothman Lecture Coordinator
Spring 2006    Undergraduate Advisor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2006-2008        Faculty Travel Committee
2006, 09, 10     Humanities Enhancement Grant Committee
Fall 2010           Teaching and Advising Award Committee
Spring 2011       Search Committee for Chair of Department of English

2010-2015    Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, Executive Board
2009-2010    Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, Advisory Committee
2009-          General Education Humanities Task Force and Steering Committee
2007-2010    University Constitution Committee
2006-2007    University Committee on Two and Four Year Scholars
Fall 2006    Commencement Marshall

Manuscript Referee

Presses   Universities of Michigan, Oklahoma, Wisconsin; Oxford, Routledge

Journals      American Journal of Philology
                  Classical Journal
                  Classical Philology
                  Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History
                  Transactions of the American Philological Association

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences