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Janus was the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and ending. Unlike most Roman gods, he did not have a counterpart in Greek mythology.

He is believed to the a brother to Saturn and Ops, and thus uncle of Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Juno, Ceres and Vesta.

Titles of Janus

  • Ianuspater ("Janus Father")
  • Quadrifrons ("Janus Fourfaced")
  • Ianus Bifrons ("Two-faced Janus")

Trivia

  • The demon Bifrons is often seen as a demonised version of Janus.
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