A bust of Janus

Meaning: “Archway”
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: JAYN-us
Origin: Latin
Other forms of the name: Ianus

An unusual name for a somewhat unusual Roman God. Janus is the God of beginnings and endings, the future and the past, gates, doors, and time. He is usually depicted with two faces each facing a different direction, as he looks to the past and the future. The month of January was named after him.

He was apparently welcomed by Saturn as a guest and eventually shared his kingdom with him. He was supposed to be wise and avuncular though he eventually ended up raping the nymph Cranaë who he made the Goddess of hinges thus making her Cardea.

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