A libation to Athene in thanks for her beneficence. But first, a bath and a meal. And then that lovely offering of ‘sweet-hearted’ wine. 

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when the surf of the sea had rinsed the dense-running sweat away

from all their skin, and the inward heart had been cooled to refreshment,

they stepped into the bathtubs smooth-polished, and bathed there,

and after they had bathed and anointed themselves with olive oil

they sat down to dine, and from the full mixing-bowl drawing

the sweet-hearted wine poured out an offering to Athene.’  


Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book X, p. 233


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