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Ianus
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The Roman god of passage in a topographical, temporal and figurative sense. His name is derived from ianua (‘passage, gate’) and is connected with  Ianiculum. The name refers to the god as well as to the cultically relevant gates connected to him. Iconographical representations begin in the Republican period, depicting I. usually with two faces, occasionally with four (bifrons, quadrifrons).

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A. Cult centres

His cult is almost exclusively public and political, only two private ded…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Ianus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e521110>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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