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Emperor and Galilean by H. Ibsen: Sources and Analysis

Student: Arina Kosareva

Supervisor: Mikhail Sverdlov

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2020

Emperor and Galilean, conceived in 1864 and published in 1873, is the largest play by Henrik Ibsen. He named it his main work on many occasions, and yet the play is considered “obscure” and understudied, especially in the realm of its historical sources. In other words, very few scholars have tried to discuss Emperor and Galilean in the light of historical reception of Emperor Julian, also known as Julian the Apostate, the main character of the play. In this thesis, I compare the play with the whole historical tradition of reception of Julian. An approach like this provides an insight into how the use of historical sources by Ibsen affected his perception of Julian the Apostate, what role he assumes while working with them, and in what relationship with these sources this role is.

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