In the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, well-to-do ancient Romans were buried in lavish stone coffins (sarcophagi), often decorated with exquisitely sculpted scenes showing stories from Greek mythology. Here we encounter a riotous profusion of joyful imagery, from frisky Satyrs and Maenads enjoying the gifts of Dionysus, and Sea Nymphs frolicking in the waves, to some of the most passionate romances passed down in Greek myth. Why did our ancient Romans choose the stories that they did for their coffins? — and how did these Greek mythological scenes help Romans to cope with their grief, honor their dearly departed, and celebrate life in the midst of death?