Tacitus’ Wonders

Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is remarkable, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.

The conference is bringing Classicists from around the world to the Classics Programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Victoria Pagán of the University of Florida will be presenting the keynote address, “Tacitus’ Ordinary Wonders”, as a public lecture, forming part of the programme of the Wellington Classical Association on Tuesday 28 August at 8pm.


Many thanks to the following organisations for their support:

The Woolf Fisher Trust

Victoria University of Wellington

The Australasian Society of Classical Studies

The Wellington Classical Association