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Head of Two-Faced Janus (2nd c. BCE); Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome

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Janus, God of the Threshold

In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure.  Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

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janus: one face looks to the furture and the other to the past ..........

Janus – Ausbau und Sanierung des Stadtmuseum Rapperswil-Jona von mlzd | Architecture bei Stylepark

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Africa | Twin faced mask from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood with pigment

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A twin-mask, Baule-Peoples, Ivory Coast

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Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

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