Comatas was an Italian shepherd most dedicated to the Muses. He frequently sacrificed his master's sheep to them in tribute. When the master discovered that Comatas was sacrificing his sheep to the Muses he locked Comatas in a caedar sarcophagus, and off-handedly said that since he was do dedicated to the Muses they would no doubt save him from death. Three months after the sarcophagus was sealed it was re-opened, and, much to the master's surprise, the Muses had indeed saved Comatas. They had been sending bees into the sarcophagus to give him food and water enough to live.