"'Fertility control' claims Brent D Shaw, for most families limited itself to the practical solutions of killing, sale or exposure of excess surviving children. Exposure was the most dramatic way of disposing of unwanted infants. The practice is glimpsed through a romantic haze in longius' account of Daphnis raised by a she goat and Chloe raised by nymphs. The historian Tacitus (A.D. 55-120) was more forthcoming when he paused in his description of the 'preposterous and mean' customs of the Jews to admit that they did posess one praiseworthy custom: 'they take thought to increase their numbers; for they regard it as a crime to kill any late born child.' The Egyptians were also opposed to the exposure of unwanted neonates, which they regarded as a Greek custom. Rescued foundlings in Roman Egypt were, in rememberance of their place of retrieval, often given the name Kopreus, meaning off the dunghill"