I drank, I ate, I said bad things, I lie here dead

There is a review by Julia Lougovaya-Ast at BMCR of a recent collection of funerary epigrams (poetic grave inscriptions) from the south of Asia Minor which illustrates well how much fun and how intriguing inscriptions can be, even grave-inscriptions (Reinhold Merkelbach, Josef Stauber, Steinepigramme aus dem griechischen Osten. Band 4: Die Südküste Kleinasiens, Syrien und Palaestina. München/Leipzig: K.G. Saur, 2002).

Among the inscriptions there is one for a dog, named Stephanos, who was mourned and buried like a human. Another echoes the paraphrased title of this post (which comes from a satirical epitaph).

Others are a bit less fun, even sad, but nonetheless give us glimpses into the social realities of life in the ancient world. Among them is the grave of a woman who died giving birth to triplets. As the reviewer points out, this is one of the few references to multiple births beyond twins in antiquity.

Check out the full review, which provides some English translations of several graves (including the above). Of course, the book itself provides the Greek texts and German translations.