Living In The World Of Ancient Mythology



Janus was supposed to have shared a kingdom with Camese in Latium. They had many children, including Tiberinus.

When Romulus and his men kidnapped the Sabine women, Janus caused a volcanic hot spring to erupt, resulting in the would-be attackers being buried alive in the deathly hot, brutal water and ash mixture of the rushing hot volcanic springs that killed, burned, or disfigured many of Romulus's men. Romulus was in awe of the god's power. (Later on, however, the Sabines and Rome became allies.) In honor of this, the doors of a walled roofless structure called 'The Janus' (not a temple) were kept open during war after a symbolic contingent of soldiers had marched through it. The doors were closed in ceremony when peace was concluded. Augustus and Nero both advertised universal peace, which had led to 'the closing of the Janus', during their reigns.

Janus’ Appearance:  His appearance changes in time, but is always “seen” with two heads, is a fully grown man, he is also “seen” carrying a staff and a set of keys. Sometimes even “seen” clean shaven and sometimes there are beards on each face.