Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode


Oct 18, 2023

Traveling bards, days of performances, and a 10 year war - we’re talking about Homer and The Iliad with scholar and podcaster, Lexie Henning! 


Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of warfare, death, enslavement, drowning, and plague/disease. 



Lexie Henning is the Programs & Administration Coordinator for the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. Her research interests include Classical reception in media, nationalism studies, and cultural heritage in political conflict. In 2020, she co-founded The Ozymandias Project, a humanities focused non-profit aimed at making access to the ancient world more accessible to the general public. Her work in public humanities led her to create and host Ancient Office Hours podcast and co-host The Reading Party Podcast.



- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub.

- Books: Check out our previous book recommendations, guests’ books, and more at

- Call to Action: Check out Pale Blue Pod!



- Dipsea is an app full of hundreds of short, sexy audio stories. Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to

- Ravensburger CreArt, a new paint-by-numbers experience! Shop on Amazon, their website, or your local art supply store.

- BetterHelp is an online therapy service. Get 10% off your first month at


Find Us Online

- Website & Transcripts:

- Patreon:

- Merch:

- Instagram:

- Twitter:

- Tumblr:

- Goodreads:


Cast & Crew

- Co-Hosts: Julia Schifini and Amanda McLoughlin

- Editor: Brandon Grugle

- Music: Brandon Grugle, based on "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod

- Artwork: Allyson Wakeman

- Multitude:


About Us

Spirits is a boozy podcast about mythology, legends, and folklore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy retellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every week, on Spirits.