CHAP. 26. (22.)—THE GOOSE.
The goose also keeps a vigilant guard; a fact which is well
attested by the defence of the Capitol, at a moment when, by
the silence of the dogs, the commonwealth had been betrayed:1
for which reason it is that the Censors always, the first thing
of all, attend to the farming-out of the feeding of the sacred
geese. What is still more, too, there is a love-story about this
animal. At Ægium one is said to have conceived a passion for
a beautiful boy, a native of Olenos,2
and another for Glauce,
a damsel who was lute-player to King Ptolemy; for whom at
the same time a ram is said also to have conceived a passion.
One might almost be tempted to think that these creatures
have an appreciation of wisdom:3
for it is said, that one of
them was the constant companion of the philosopher, Lacydes,
and would never leave him, either in public or when at the bath,
by night or by day.