Then he escorted her to a high, elaborate chair of honor,
over it draped a cloth, and here he placed his guest
with a stool to rest her feet.
…A maid brought water soon in a graceful golden pitcher
and over a silver basin tipped it out
so they might rinse their hands,
then pulled a gleaming table to their side.
A staid housekeeper brought on bread to serve them,
appetizers aplenty too, lavish with her bounty.
A carver lifted platters of meat toward them,
meats of every sort, and set beside them golden cups
and time and again a page came round and poured them wine.

– Homer

The Odyssey, Book 1, lines 152-154, 160-168. The Greek value of hospitality is emphasized when Athena, disguised as Mentes, visits Telemachus. He invites her to share in the household’s "lavish" banquet. She is given pride of place at the table, being seated on one of the best chairs and provided with a footstool.