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Janus, Roman god of transitions

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Published: January 14, 2016
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Hurray for late New Year posts! Yaaay!

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The ancient and complex Roman god of transitions, beginnings, endings, doors and
passages, represented as a two-faced being holding a key and a staff, with one of his
face being used to see the present (or the past), and the other one to gaze into the
future. Contrary to the many other Roman gods, Janus had no counterpart in Greek
mythology, being distinctively a Roman invention. He reigned over the beginning
and ending of everything, and his name was invoked first at the start of any ritual
(even ones concerning other gods) to bless the ceremony. His temple was related to
the cycle of war, with its doors being open when a conflict broke out, to pray for the
soldiers return, and closed again during the rare times of peace, to keep the peace
"stuck inside". He also presided over births, journeys, voyages, shipping and trading.
There's still a lot of speculation and unknown things surrounding the god, and some
of it relates to Janus being the god of an old fishing community brought to Rome by
sailors, and supposedly having powers to repel invaders using boiling volcanic water
and having protected Saturn on a ship after he was banned from the heavens by
Jupiter. A popular urban misconception about him is the fact that the month January
is named after him, and although fitting for the god of beginnings, this is incorrect,
as it was named after Juno, the wife of Jupiter, king of the gods.
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For such a complex god, at least his iconography is fairly consistent...

His design came from the idea of representing a forgotten and ancient monument,
sunken into the earth, with only his head and pieces of his hands remaining.
Janus is something represented with the head of a bearded man and a woman,
or of an old man and a young one, but for the sake of symmetry, equal heads!

As the god of passages, he controls a magic door that takes people wherever
they want, and keeps track of the passage of time with the giant time wheel
inside his head, and his calendar-like face.

His design is far more stylized than the other gods so far, something that I'm aiming
for the future, and I would like to hear the thoughts of you guys about it if you want.

Well, happy very very late 2016 for everyone, and let's hope for a year filled with more
forgotten gods and random mythological figures right here! ;D

As always, suggestions are very very welcome!

Hope you guys liked it, and until next time! ;D
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3391x2495px 4.04 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
HP
Model
HP oj_g510a-f
Date Taken
Jan 14, 2016, 7:37:35 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows
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bikkri's avatar
Reminds me of SMT Orcus. Definitely better than his conjoined man and woman design in SMT.
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AtmaFlareHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :D (Big Grin)
Yup, I was surely looking at Orcus when I did this one. :D (Big Grin) 
I bit too derivative when you know the source I think, I'll probably tone it down a bit more if I ever return to this one.  
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GreenTeaCakeeHobbyist Artist
I like how they look annoyed at each other, It kind've in my opinion represents how The Future messes with the Past aswell as the Past Messes with the Future.


Also (Another Question), Will you do the roman gods that represent the planets? And if you do can you put planet symbolism in it (Either like in the costume or a planet in the background), if not thats okay.
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AtmaFlareHobbyist Traditional Artist
"I know what you did last summer."
"Oh, yeah? I know what you did NEXT summer."

Haha, thanks! :D (Big Grin) 
If this were a boss in a rpg, I always liked to imagine both faces never properly focusing on the players themselves, but rather looking around as if daydreaming, oblivious to the party, except during their attack animation, where they would suddenly gaze at the party and scowl at them, releasing an energy blast from inside the gate.

I'm kinda already doing that to be honest, but with the Greek ones, my Hades design included the Pluto symbol on his throne, and I would be doing the same at the very least with his brothers, Poseidon and Zeus, and probably with all the others who have them as well. ;) (Wink) 
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Wannabe-WarriorHobbyist Digital Artist
I gotta say though. This is easily the most creative interpretation of Janus I've seen in a while. Those keyhole pupils are pretty awesome too. :)
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AtmaFlareHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! XD
I'll try to push for more stylized designs this year, so stay tuned! :) (Smile) 
plzgaiasrebirth's avatar
Wow now i wish i could play your version in smite instead of the robot grandfather XD
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AtmaFlareHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! And nice you saying this, the colors where actually inspired in his smite design! XD
But.....How would he move?... Or even attack?! 8DDD
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I guess he would float... or teleport as the smite version does...
the atacks would work all pretty well with your design to... for basic attack... slap the door wing into enemies faces XD
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