Writing about Janus

I reported that I had written a piece for one of my writer’s groups and that the subject (suggested by me) was Janus. I didn’t have anything in mind when I offered the idea, it’s just January is my birthday month, the first month of the year, and Janus is the god of doorways and gates and also symbolises looking to the future and to the past, the two-faced god looking both ways.

I soon had a story in mind,  but needed to do some research; it was so interesting that I turned my notes into my piece and today I shared it with the others. As usual everyone had written brilliantly, with such clever and original ideas, so imaginative and original. When we had finished sharing our work and enjoying a last cup of coffee or tea, we reflected on how very different all the stories were, totally different!

  • my reflection on Janus the god
  • the story of twins, one shy and retiring, one bold and outgoing
  • the story of travellers on a boat, Tabitha and Tom, who arrive at a beautiful fishing port, and their adventures there
  • a man who was born in poverty and neglect, rescued, and built a secure life for himself, who meets someone in a dark passageway
  • a reflection on motherhood
  • a man who has reached the point of despair where, as he stands on the edge of a cliff, life suddenly doesn’t seem worth living

The work was so varied and of such an impressive standard, and the discussion on and around the whole subject of change, transition, openings and closures, ways in and ways out, was so inspiring – I have come away with a whole other story in my head now!

Here is a link to my piece: https://loiselsden.com/2019/01/07/who-stands-at-entrances/


Thanks to the Classical Numismatic Group, Inc for this picture of a sesterce from the reign of Nero. 54-68 AD. Showing  the Temple of Janus with ornate roof decoration, latticed window on the left and with a garland hung across the closed double doors to the right.

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