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Great Sphinx The Nile
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Sarcophagi
The mummy
Book of the Dead
The Gods
Old and New Kingdom
The writing and scribes
Room Campana
Room of Bronzes




 
Janus Head     Br 551
 
Sully 1st floor room 32 showcase E1
  
 
This head was probably mounted
on a wooden staff.
 
Janus, one of the most ancient Roman gods,
was represented with two faces looking in opposite directions, one forwards and the other backwards.
 
In 46 BC, Julius Caesar decided that 1st January
would be New Year’s Day.
 
The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates and beginnings. The month of January owes its name to him.
 
In 487 AD, the Christian Church sanctified New Year’s Day. A143
 
 
The date when the New Year begins varies over time and according to country, however there are always close and surprising analogies to be seen in the customs associated with this celebration.
 
This celebration of the New Year is found in Babylon, Egypt then in Rome. A137
 
 
 

 





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