Genuine Roman Bronze Coin Silver Pendant depicting two-faced God Janus
- • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Roman Bronze Coin 2nd cent. BC • Bezel material: 925 Sterling Silver
In this 925 silver pendant is set an authentic Roman coin (asse) which depicts two-faced Janus. On the reverse side of the coin we can see a ship's bow facing right with "ROMA" written underneath.
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways,passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. It is conventionally thought that the month of January is named for Janus , but according to ancient Roman farmers' almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity of the month.
Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace. The gates of a building in Rome named after him (not a temple, as it is often called, but an open enclosure with gates at each end) were opened in time of war, and closed to mark the arrival of peace (which did not happen very often). As a god of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys and exchange, and in his association with Portunus, a similar harbor and gateway god, he was concerned with travelling, trading and shipping.
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