About The Tacitus Lecture

The World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 and is now believed to be the largest event of its type in the City of London. It is held annually and provides the Company with an opportunity to demonstrate to a wider audience its concern with issues affecting world trade.

It takes its name from the Roman senator Publius Cornelius Tacitus who was born in about AD 56 and may have survived the emperor Trajan who died in AD 117. His Roman education, with its elaborate series of exercises in different kinds of public speaking, turned him into an impressive and famous orator, and one of the extant works attributed to him, the “Dialogue on Orators”, is a discussion of oratorial style. It was Tacitus who, in his Life of Agricola, described ‘Londinium’ as “a town of highest repute and a busy emporium for trade and traders”. Agricola, who was the Governor of Roman Britain, was also the father-in-law of Tacitus.

This notable event has attracted important speakers of prestige and distinction in diverse fields concerned with world trade.

Tacitus Lecture 2019

The 2019 Tacitus Lecture, entitled The Financial Sector: Redefining a Broader Sense of Purpose was delivered by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund on 28 February 2019. You can find out more about it, watch the video and download the speech here.

Future Tacitus Lecture Dates

Thursday 27 February, 2020
Thursday 25 February, 2021
Thursday 24 February, 2022

Past Lectures

Notes, and in many cases videos and transcripts of past lectures, can be viewed here.