The Roman God Janus
Janus is the ancient Roman God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. A uniquely Roman God, Janus has no equivalent in Greek religion. However late roman period art from the Greek regions has turned up a handful of Janus inspired Hermes artworks. Janus is usually depicted as having two faces, one looking forward, the other back. This forward and backward, future and past, war and peace dichotomy embodies the nature of the God.