The World Traders' Company Charitable Trust
Tacitus Lecture 2015
The Trust has been a main supporter of the Tacitus Lecture since 2006. The 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 in the Guildhall and provides the World Traders' Company with an opportunity to demonstrate to a wider audience its concern with issues affecting world trade. This notable event has attracted important speakers of prestige and distinction in diverse fields concerned with world trade. Grants totalling more than £50,000 have been made. [ More ]
The 2015 Lecture was given by Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC who spoke on the subject “Do We Need the City?”. The Lecture was followed by the Tacitus Debate when a distinguished panel debated the issues raised by the Lecture. The Debate video can be viewed on YouTube.
Transcripts of previous lectures may also be found at www.world-traders.org/tacitusPastLectures.php.
The Tacitus Lecture 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.[ Close ]