Date ca. 180 CE
Housed at Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome
As the Empire evolved, funerary tradition moved from cremation to inhumation, save for the imperial class. A rise in sarcophagi production results, starting with depictions of battle scenes, to biographical scenes of the deceased’s life, often expressed through narratives of Greek mythology. Here, Meleager saves a Grecian city form a wild boar, symbolizing, essentially, the virtue of manliness (virtus). The relief style is largely Greek, but the overcrowding of the registers (horror vacui) was a Roman practice.