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.

The 2021 Tacitus Lecture

This year’s Tacitus Lecture was given by Dr Kirsten Dunlop from EIT Climate-KIC on Thursday 25th February. Read more here.

Future Tacitus Lecture Dates

Thursday 24 February, 2022

Thursday 23 February, 2023

Past Lectures

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