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The domestic goat, commonly referred to simply as goat, is a domesticated subspecies of the wild goat. Like all types of goat, it bears twin horns on its head, although they are not as large and powerful as those of wild goats.
Among the earliest animals domesticated by humans, the goat has been used as a source of meat, milk, cheese, and transportation in human societies across the world since the dawn of their civilization, and has been a persistent feature of agriculture all the up to the present day.
5th century BCE
In the ancient Greece, goats were in addition to being a source of various goods, goats were also common sacrificial animals, and the Spartan misthios Kassandra was asked to hunt them for this purpose then and again.
1st century BCE
In the Ptolemaic Egypt, the goats also had a spiritual presence, as people observed the Goat Fish, a god with the head of a ram and the body of a fish. This was called Capricornus by the Greeks, and later known as Aries.
When the British American colonies were established, the settlers brought goats with them. The goats flourished in the so-called 'New World', and were an ubiquitous sight during the American Revolutionary War as well.
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- Assassin's Creed III (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Pirates (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Origins
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (only as ibexes)