Roman - The two-faced god of beginnings, dawn, doors, gateways, travel. Son of Apollo. Husband of Jana or Camise. Husband of Juturna, some say. Father of Tiberinus. Father of Fons by Juturna, some say. Father of Canens by Venilia. Father of Proca by Carna. Father of the Horae, some say. In some accounts, he was made by Uranus and Hecate, using earth and water moulded into a ball. En route to the underworld, the ball became a kind of sentient pillar which Hecate reared as Janus. He ran off and dived into the Styx, arriving back in the land of the living where, in the warmth of the sun, he developed organs. On one occasion, the nymph Carna lured him into a cave and then tried to slip away as she had done with many others, but his second face saw her behind him and he prevented her escape and seduced her, fathering Proca. On another occasion, he saved Rome from the attacking Sabines by creating a spring of boiling water at the gateway. He became a deity when he was rewarded for helping the gods in their fight with the Titans. As Janus Quadrifons he was the four-headed god of the seasons. His temple in Rome had two doors (or four) which were closed only when the nation was not at war. His festival was celebrated on 9th January. He was said to have one young face, one old, and is depicted with two, three or four heads and carrying a key and a rod. Some regard Janus as a pre-Latin deity adopted into the Roman pantheon. In some lore, occasionally identified as Janus, Dianus, Dianus, Dionus, Dionus, Ianus, Ianus, Patulcius, Patulcius, Clusivius, Clusivius, Consuvius, Consuvius, Janus Bifrons or Janus Bifrons.

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