What We Are Reading Today: Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context

Updated 31 July 2018

What We Are Reading Today: Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context

  • Sophocles was the commanding figure of his day
  • He was not only the leading dramatist but also a distinguished politician, military commander, and religious figure

Here, for the first time in English, is celebrated French classicist Jacques Jouanna’s magisterial account of the life and work of Sophocles. Exhaustive and authoritative, this acclaimed book, translated to English by Steven Rendall, combines biography and detailed studies of Sophocles’ plays, all set in the rich context of classical Greek tragedy and the political, social, religious, and cultural world of Athens’ greatest age, the fifth century.

Sophocles was the commanding figure of his day. The author of Oedipus Rex and Antigone, he was not only the leading dramatist but also a distinguished politician, military commander, and religious figure. And yet the evidence about his life has, until now, been fragmentary.

Reconstructing a lost literary world, Jouanna has finally assembled all the available information, culled from inscriptions, archaeological evidence, and later sources. He also offers a huge range of new interpretations, from his emphasis on the significance of Sophocles’ political and military offices (previously often seen as honorary) to his analysis of Sophocles’ plays in the mythic and literary context of fifth-century drama.

Written for scholars, students, and general readers, this book will interest anyone who wants to know more about Greek drama in general and Sophocles in particular. 


Where We Are Going Today: Bafarat Cafe

Updated 23 August 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Bafarat Cafe

The Bafarat Company was established in 1952 as an exporter of herbs, spices, and coffee. 

The business has been thriving since its formation. 

The Bafarat cafe is a place where the old meets the new, making this place ideal for every age group.

The cafe is one of Jeddah’s oldest and most popular spots for people to meet. 

Its products are completely worth the money and many of them are unique.

A personal favorite of mine has been their date cheesecake. 

As a huge fan of dates, this combination was a treat.

Cafes are usually known for their rare blends of coffee, but Bafarat prefers to keep it simple.

The simplicity works. Their cappuccino is a customer favorite and in my view it is one of the best cappuccinos in Jeddah.