Beast

Sources : Goose

Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 10, 26-29): Geese keep careful watch; the cackling of geese warned of an attack at the Capitol in Rome. Geese may have the power of wisdom, as shown by the story of a goose who was the companion of the philosopher Lacydes and refused to leave his side. Geese are valued for their liver, which is a great delicacy, and for their feathers, especially the soft inner down. Geese come on foot to Rome from Gaul; if one gets tired it is moved to the front, so that it is forced to continue by the press of the geese behind it. Medicine can be made by mixing goose fat with cinnamon in a bronze bowl, covering it with snow and letting it steep. Only the ostrich reaches a greater size than the goose. Geese kept in a fishpond lose their flavor, and stubbornly hold their breath until they die.

Saint Ambrose [4th century CE] (Hexameron, Book 5, chapter 12.44): Who does not marvel at the nightly sentry watches of the. geese, who give evidence of their vigilance by their constant cackling? That was the way in which they defended even the Roman Capitol from the Gauls. You, Rome, rightfully owe to them the preservation of your empire. Your gods were sleeping, but the geese were awake. - [Savage translation, 1961]

Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 7:52): The goose (anser) took its name from its similarity to the duck (ans), or because it swims frequently (natandi frequetia). Geese watch at night and give warning with their noise; they can smell humans better than any other animal can. Geese warned Rome of attack by the Gauls.

Gerald of Wales [c. 1146 – c. 1223] (Topographia Hibernica, chapter 18): We may add to the list of birds a smaller species of white geese, also called gantes (wild geese), which are wont to arrive in great flocks, with a prodigious cackling. But they seldom migrate to these remote regions, and when they do, in very small numbers. The larger species, called by the vulgar bisiae, and also grisiae, come over in the depth of winter in vast flocks, when the north wind blows, and after the frosts are past, return with the south wind at the season for building their nests. - [Forester translation, 1863]