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January, 2016: Roman Passageways – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Thanks to the saturnine god of agriculture, wealth and dissolution, two-faced Janus was given the ability to simultaneously see the future and the past; one face forward, the other back. Janus’ name comes from ‘ianus’, the latin word for door.

350465010774_1Remove the ‘i’ and the name represents another kind of door altogether.

Appropriately, he was the Roman god of gateways, bridges, passageways.

One might think that January – a month where we simultaneously look ahead to the new year and back to the past – is named after Janus. Well… Not necessarily. January is in fact now thought to be named after the patron goddess of Rome: Juno. A goddess of marriage, Juno was often depicted carrying a peacock and armed to the hilt. Draw your own conclusions.

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January, 2016: Roman Passageways