"When she had bathed him and rubbed him with olive-oil"
A strigil and oil flasks (aryballoi)
Public DomainA strigil and oil flasks (aryballoi) - Credit: Xocolatl/Wikimedia Commons
Greeks used olive oil to clean themselves, scraping the oil (along with the sweat and dirt) off with a strigil. Olive oil could also be rubbed onto a clean body to soften and smooth the skin, and to give it a healthy glow.