Fun Facts Friday

January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways, and who symbolized beginnings and endings. Janus is depicted with two faces; one looking into the past, the other with the ability to see into the future. The Romans often made promises to Janus and exchanged good wishes.

Janus am I; oldest of potentates;
Forward I look, and backward, and below
I count, as god of avenues and gates,
The years that through my portals come and go.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807–82)