Happy New Year! Your children have come back to school bright, enthusiastic and ready to learn.
This term, our topic is going to be Crime and Punishment through history. However, as a mini-topic for two days, we decided to look at Janus - the Roman God of transitions. This has led to some fantastic writing (and theological discussion!), a piece of which I have shared with you below.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
A non-chronological report about Janus - by William
Janus was a famous Roman god, known and worshipped by many. Roman people believed in Janus back in Roman times, about 2000 years ago.
Janus was a god representing: beginning, time, gates, transitions, duality, passages and endings. He is seen to have two faces, one with a fluffy beard and the other side without. One side of his face looks to the past, while the other looks to the future. The first month of the year, January, was said the be named after Janus. It's like the month was made for him!
Janus was famous all the way back in Roman times, approximately 2000 years ago. There were two double doors, one would open when Rome was at war, and both were closed when Rome was at peace. Roman historians funnily believed that the doors were only closed twice!
What he means today
Janus is remembered each January, helping the transition from year to year.