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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_goose

 

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[...]THE GEESE IN THE TEMPLE OF JUNO ON THE CAPITOLINE HILL WERE SAID BY LIVY TO HAVE SAVED ROME FROM THE GAULS AROUND 390 BC WHEN THEY WERE DISTURBED IN A NIGHT ATTACK. THE STORY MAY BE AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE ORIGIN OF THE SACRED FLOCK OF GEESE AT ROME.