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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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Anne of Bretony as Prudence (the Virtue). Her face is used for the woman's face and the ancient face signifies wisdom (and prudence).

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Africa | Janus mask (Idangani Society) from the Sala Mpasu culture of DR Congo | Fiber, raffia, pigment, and feathers | 20th century

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The double headed bust of Herodotus and Thucydides. Greek. 4th.century. BC.  National Archaeological Museum. Naples http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

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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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