Nay, indeed, the law does not permit us to make festivals at the
births of our children, and thereby afford occasion of drinking to excess;
but it ordains that the very beginning of our education should be immediately
directed to sobriety. It also commands us to bring those children up in
learning, and to exercise them in the laws, and make them acquainted with
the acts of their predecessors, in order to their imitation of them, and
that they might be nourished up in the laws from their infancy, and might
neither transgress them, nor have any pretense for their ignorance of them.