Now, there is a sort of ointment called βάκκαρις by many of the comic poets; and Hipponax uses this name in the following line:—
I then my nose with baccaris anointed,And Acheus, in his Aethon, a satyric drama, says—
Redolent of crocus.
Anointed o'er with baccaris, and dressingBut Ion, in his Omphale, says—
All his front hair with cooling fans of feathers.
'Tis better far to know the use of μύρα,And when he speaks of Sardian ornaments, he means to include perfumes; since the Lydians were very notorious for their luxury. And so Anacreon uses the word λυδοπαθὴς (Lydian-like) as equivalent to ἡδυπαθὴς (luxurious). Sophocles also uses the word βάκκαρις; and Magnes, in his Lydians, says—
And βάκκαρις, and Sardian ornaments,
Than all the fashions in the Peloponnesus.
A man should bathe, and then with baccarisPerhaps, however, μύρον and βάκκαρις were not exactly the same thing; for Aeschylus, in his Amymone, makes a distinction between them, and says— [p. 1103]