Several scholars have reacted in print to the Ironic Interpretation of the Commentariolum Petitionis, which I advanced in article that appeared in Athenaeum 2009. These scholars present a number of objections to my way of reading the work. I attempt to respond to their objections in the following article: “The Ironic Interpretation of the Commentariolum Petitionis. A Response to Prost, Tatum, and Sillett,” Athenaeum 109 (2021) pp. 64-113. The importance of this debate to Roman Amoralism Reconsidered is that if the Comm. Pet. is not ironic, then it constitutes important evidence for Roman amoralism. I am very grateful to Athenaeum for allowing me to present my counter-arguments. Michael Alexander
The book has been reviewed by Ermanno Malaspina in Ciceroniana on line: A Journal of Roman Thought n.s. IV.1.2020, pp. 218-222, along with Benjamin Straumann’s Crisis and Constitutionalism. Roman Political Thought from the Fall of the Republic to the Age of Revolution (OUP 2016). https://www.ojs.unito.it/index.php/COL/article/view/4676/4254
January 14, 2020
The following is the current link to the JRS review: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435819000765
Aug. 13, 2019 The book has now been reviewed in the latest volume of Journal of Roman Studies. You can link to it at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-roman-studies , and then search under FirstView. Login is required to access content on this site.
May 30, 2018
Sorry, the link (http://indigo.uic.edu/handle/10027/22252) that I provided in my previous post may not be the official link, although it does get you to Indigo, and if you type it into your browser, it connects to the book. This is the official link:
This post relates to obtaining access to the digital version of the book.
The official digital site for this book is http://indigo.uic.edu/handle/10027/22252 Indigo is the digital repository maintained by the Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago. When the book was released almost three months ago, this site was working only very sporadically. Indigo has now been upgraded, and functions much better, but is apparently still not totally reliable and available. For example, right now (May 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EDT), the book is not appearing. The backup site, http://www.tinyurl.com/RomanAmoralism , works all the time, in my experience.
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University of Illinois at Chicago