The Iliad: Homer translated by Alexander Pope
Circe entertains Ulysses in her palace, a bath is
prepared for his reception, after which he is anointed
with costly perfumes and robed in magnificent attire.
The bath was the first refreshment offered to a distinguished guest.
"Now, from nocturnal sweat and sanguine stain,
They cleanse their bodies in. the neighbouring main;
Then in the polished bath, refreshed from toil,
Their joints they supple with dissolving oil:
In due repast indulge the genial hour,
And first to Pallas their libations pour;
They sit, rejoicing in her aid divine,
And the crown'd goblet foams with floods of wine."