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Which Two-headed God Is January Named After?

Janus

January is often considered the month for deep reflection. We look back at the year behind us, bemoaning our regrets and celebrating our successes. And then, we look forward to the future year. We make well-meaning resolutions and hope for the best.

So, in this way, we’re all a little bit like Janus, the Roman god for which January is named. Janus is usually depicted with having two heads. that face in opposite directions. One looks back to the year departed, and one looks forward to the new and uncertain year ahead.

(The poetic term John Keats coined that describes living your life while accepting that it is filled with uncertainty seems apropos to this transitional time. Learn the term and its exact meaning, here.)

The god Saturn bestowed upon Janus this ability to see into the future and past. His name comes from the Latin word ianua, which means “door.” Janus is the god of doors, gates, doorways, bridges, and passageways, all of which symbolize beginnings and ends. Janus also represented transition, such as the time between youth and adulthood.

If you find it odd that a deity with two heads is the namesake for one of our prominent months, consider the story of the obscure, one-armed Norse god that Tuesday is named after. His name, and history, can be found here.

556 Comments

  1. Magnus Chase -  May 13, 2016 - 12:31 pm

    Annabeth, you never told me that you met greek gods. I thought only Norse gods were real. You never told me!

    Reply
    • Annabeth Chase -  May 19, 2016 - 11:01 am

      Of course you didn’t. You’re in a transition, the time between youth and adulthood. You read the article didn’t you?
      Maybe you’re actually still a child, Magnus.

      Reply
  2. Master Chief -  February 22, 2016 - 12:46 pm

    Michael J. Caboose.

    He may be the dumbest person in the universe, but if you get him angry you can kiss your life goodbye.

    Reply
  3. Master Chief -  February 9, 2016 - 12:40 pm

    YA KNOW WHAT THE FOX SAYS?

    SHUT UP WITH THAT ANNOYING SONG!

    -Mangle

    Reply
  4. ausGeoff -  February 5, 2016 - 11:13 am

    My boss’s name is Hugh Janus. So nobody could rightfully describe him as anally retentive I guess?

    Reply
  5. Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:41 pm

    I am a direct descendent of Chuck Norris

    Reply
    • ausGeoff -  February 5, 2016 - 11:07 am

      I guess this explains your apparent double-digit IQ.

      Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 9, 2016 - 12:40 pm

        My IQ is 117

        Reply
        • Harry Potter -  February 10, 2016 - 8:17 pm

          My IQ is 128. Ha!

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 17, 2016 - 5:41 am

            1 times 1 times 7 equals 7

            1x1x7=7

            117=7

            no wonder i’m so lucky!

          • random 8th grader -  February 29, 2016 - 6:24 pm

            mine is 137.

          • Ares -  March 11, 2016 - 8:52 am

            My IQ is 1+1=WAR

          • Athena -  May 19, 2016 - 11:06 am

            Ares, you have no IQ :/

  6. Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    Hey Leo, can fix my armor? A big chunk of it got blown off.

    Reply
    • Leo Valdez -  March 14, 2016 - 9:49 am

      Hmmm, maybe, depends on if your a demigod.

      Reply
  7. Master Cheif -  February 1, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    No matter what you do to try and scare me, I will not flinch. In fact, I can’t!

    Reply
  8. this is Dumb -  January 27, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    this is DUMB. DUMB I repeat

    Reply
    • waaa -  January 28, 2016 - 12:13 pm

      tihs is stiupid

      Reply
    • Amy -  January 29, 2016 - 4:03 pm

      Well, dumb enough that the entire world uses the Roman calendar. Back in the Roman days, they had a lot of deities and that’s why they named practically everything after them: the days of the week, the months, the planets, constellations (actually, these were named after Hercules’ labours).
      Actually, you should be thankful that they did this; it saved a lot of trouble for any many generations after them. So yes, it may be “dumb” to you that this is the reason, but you should be understanding of why it did happen and not insult somebody’s (even if that person is more than 1000 years old) beliefs, legends and stories.

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:08 am

        Thank you.

        Reply
        • OTC -  February 4, 2016 - 10:37 am

          Don’t you realize that every monster can probably find you now?

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 9, 2016 - 12:38 pm

            If i didnt have a gravity hammer yes they would.

          • Poseidoon`s other son -  February 19, 2016 - 7:58 am

            I do not really care.

        • Zeus's other son -  March 14, 2016 - 9:50 am

          Hello cousin, I’ve been waiting.

          Reply
          • Zues's other daughter -  May 19, 2016 - 11:07 am

            Hey brother.

      • Lee -  February 3, 2016 - 11:16 am

        aka: That was dumbfound in and of itself.

        Reply
    • you are the dumb one -  February 3, 2016 - 8:32 pm

      if it is so dumb why are you reading it

      Reply
  9. Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:12 am

    Anyone here like Skyrim or Game of Thrones?

    Reply
    • CoinToss -  February 22, 2016 - 9:35 am

      ME!

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 25, 2016 - 6:34 am

        thank god

        Reply
        • Zeus's other son -  March 14, 2016 - 9:50 am

          No cousin, thank the gods

          Reply
  10. Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 8:40 am

    And my real name is Dean Baratheon.

    Reply
  11. Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 8:24 am

    And then you have me, the one son of Poseidon no one knows but has somehow made it through the Minotaur, fought Ares, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Hera all at the same time, and I`m only 18.

    Reply
    • Hades' other son -  March 24, 2016 - 12:59 pm

      hello cousins

      Reply
  12. Calypso -  January 26, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    Leo is so awesome!!

    Reply
    • Leo Valdez -  January 27, 2016 - 9:29 am

      Thxs bae, your awesome 2!!

      Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:35 pm

        Im better

        Reply
      • Ghost Rider -  February 1, 2016 - 1:58 pm

        I SWOLLOW BULLETS AND SPIT BACK OUT ON FIRE! I CAN BURN 1,000 SOULS JUST BY LOOKING INTO YOUR EYES!

        Reply
        • Leo Valdez -  February 2, 2016 - 9:24 am

          I have the fire part down… *Sets hand on fire

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 4, 2016 - 6:15 am

            Ghost rider turns everything he touches(including shotguns with no ammo) on fire and he drive vertically up the side of a building on his motorcycle.

          • Master Chief -  February 8, 2016 - 9:28 am

            I have a car like a puma, it has a machine gun in the back and some one can shoot from the shot gun seat since it has no doors.

        • Eragon -  February 4, 2016 - 10:24 am

          Oh yeah, well I’m a sorcerer, a Dragon Rider, and an elf so Ha!

          Reply
        • Eragon -  February 4, 2016 - 10:32 am

          Oh Yeah well I’m a Sorcerer, a Dragon Rider, and an Elf!

          Reply
          • Mysterious Dragon Rider -  March 14, 2016 - 9:52 am

            Your not really an elf, you simply look like one… remember?

          • Eragon -  March 15, 2016 - 10:50 am

            I am the first Eragon, Young Dragon Rider

          • Mysterious Dragon Rider -  March 16, 2016 - 9:18 am

            Ah, in that case, you are dead and can not speak to us.

          • Eragon -  March 30, 2016 - 10:35 am

            I am Eternal

          • Mysterious Dragon Rider -  March 31, 2016 - 9:17 am

            No, not really…

      • Master Cheif -  February 1, 2016 - 2:17 pm

        Skylnx, Darksteel, and Predaking are better. They can turn into robots and can talk!

        Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:41 pm

          SUCK ON THAT LEO!

          Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:07 am

      Percy should have stayed with you. But then he was even more in love with Annabeth, I`m sorry.

      Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:08 am

      But hey, I liked you in the books and I wanted to thank you for saving my half brother.

      Reply
    • nik -  January 28, 2016 - 2:36 pm

      I love calypso and percy in the books

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 1, 2016 - 6:42 am

        they were pretty good together

        Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Can Leo punch a concreate block apart without trying

      Reply
      • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:56 am

        No but I can.

        Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:09 am

          So yeah.

          Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:12 am

        It`s spelled concrete not concreate.

        Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:58 pm

          didn’t know, dont care

          Reply
  13. Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:41 am

    Anaklusmos is Riptide`s Greek name.

    Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:17 am

      I have no idea why I said this, I guess I just thought I would put a random fact out there.

      Reply
  14. Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:03 am

    So anyone want to talk about Oedipus Rex? Or just keep going on about Janus.

    Reply
  15. Leo Valdez -  January 25, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Need a repair? Come to Leo and Calypso’s Mechanics and Auto Shop for a quick fix and a nice snack!

    Reply
    • Jason Grace -  January 25, 2016 - 9:48 am

      TBH I need my sword fixed….

      Reply
      • Jason Grace -  January 25, 2016 - 9:49 am

        whoops xD

        Reply
        • percy jackson -  January 25, 2016 - 5:16 pm

          sup mate

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 4, 2016 - 12:35 pm

            The sky, THAT’S WHAT’S UP! AM I RIGHT JASON?

    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:02 am

      I guess I could use a new pair of shoes

      Reply
      • Leo Valdez -  January 27, 2016 - 8:28 am

        I work on machines, not shoes… Srry man :p

        Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:00 am

          It`s ok.

          Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:10 am

          Can you work on bows? Mine is a Daedric longbow.

          Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:11 am

          It is split down one of the limbs and the string snapped.

          Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 8:16 am

      I guess I could also have my bow fixed.

      Reply
      • Leo Valdez -  January 27, 2016 - 9:30 am

        I might be able to fix that

        Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 28, 2016 - 12:12 pm

          Thanks man

          Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 5:05 pm

          What about my Gravity Hammer?

          Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:37 pm

      Could you fix the hug chunk of my armor that was blown off from an explosion?

      Reply
    • Master Cheif -  February 1, 2016 - 2:19 pm

      I need my Pelican fixed

      Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 5:08 pm

      Could Calypso heal my body since I have cryo burns all over it.

      Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:33 pm

        I look half albino without my armor on.

        Reply
  16. The Red Baron -  January 24, 2016 - 7:29 am

    Wonder why January is named Janus

    Reply
    • Nearly Headless Nick -  February 5, 2016 - 9:22 am

      what do U mean?

      Reply
  17. Dipper Pines -  January 21, 2016 - 2:55 pm

    OMG. So much role play. I was just curious why there was so much scroll down when the entire document fits on my screen!

    Reply
  18. YOU -  January 19, 2016 - 5:46 pm

    What the hel is happening here
    (Am I funny yet?)

    Reply
    • YOU -  January 19, 2016 - 5:48 pm

      (Norse mythology joke thing. Idk. Um. Meow.

      Reply
      • none of your bussiness -  January 23, 2016 - 1:05 pm

        this is all fake is only one god

        Reply
      • Current Location's Address Current Location's Address -  January 28, 2016 - 5:41 pm

        Hi

        Reply
      • OTC -  February 4, 2016 - 10:35 am

        Its okay I laughed :)

        Reply
    • hello -  January 21, 2016 - 4:43 pm

      no you are not sorry

      Reply
    • d -  February 9, 2016 - 5:57 am

      ;)

      Reply
  19. Grover -  January 19, 2016 - 11:16 am

    Why did I not know this about Janus my birthday is in January?

    Reply
    • ck -  January 20, 2016 - 6:35 am

      i only knew the answer because of the game smite lol

      Reply
    • SANTA CLAUSE -  January 20, 2016 - 7:45 am

      I AM A DUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:56 am

        Why would you say this?

        Reply
    • Brennain -  January 26, 2016 - 10:31 am

      When is it?

      Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:51 pm

      Next year I will give you an incineration cannon for your birth day.

      Reply
  20. Grover -  January 19, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Percy what are you doing do you want every monster within 300 miles to come after us?

    Reply
    • Annabeth Chase -  January 21, 2016 - 2:43 am

      Hey Grover where’s Percy?
      I can not find him.

      Reply
      • Jason Grace -  January 22, 2016 - 8:09 am

        You know. I haven’t seen Pipes lately either…

        Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:01 am

        I haven`t seen Perc either

        Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:35 am

        Yeah I`ve been searching for him for a few days he might be in the big house.

        Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:04 am

        BTW looks like you have a new half brother other than Tyson… I`m Dean Baratheon it`s nice to meet you bro.

        Reply
      • yo mama -  January 28, 2016 - 6:06 pm

        ADELE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Reply
      • Master Chief -  January 28, 2016 - 6:41 pm

        I know where they are: They WERE at the remains of the Foward Unto Dawn from when I fell from orbit.

        Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:11 am

          These two worlds should not be mixing.

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 1:36 pm

            y naut

          • Poseidoon`s other son -  February 19, 2016 - 9:07 am

            Greek culture and Halo should not be mixing because you are about 300 yeaars in the future and we live about 700 years in the past.

      • ckewish -  February 9, 2016 - 12:40 pm

        so much percy jackson rp

        Reply
    • Percy -  January 26, 2016 - 3:17 pm

      DUH

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:01 am

        Haha

        Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 1:35 pm

        I took care of them

        Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 4, 2016 - 5:01 am

          I used my gravity hammer. It’s pretty useful when surrounded by enemies.

          Reply
  21. Dean -  January 19, 2016 - 11:03 am

    I did not know this but it is some pretty cool information. because now i know what my birth month is signified by in Rome

    Reply
  22. PAL -  January 12, 2016 - 7:20 am

    That is a strange god to name the month of January after.

    Reply
    • Anonymus -  January 12, 2016 - 1:29 pm

      Greek and Roman mythology! YAAAAASSSS

      Reply
      • Think_About_This -  January 12, 2016 - 1:39 pm

        Ik Percy Jackson and his Greek and Roman gods are cool, but how about Norse mythology? I’d rather see the Yggdrasil than see Mt. Olympus >:3
        A talking sword named Jack is better than a pen sword. I wanna see a showdown between Magnus Chase and Percy Jackson. Who will win? MEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH >:D

        Reply
        • Greek_Mythology_Is_Awesome -  January 13, 2016 - 5:45 pm

          I like Percy Jackson better…..

          Reply
        • Oscar Shi -  January 14, 2016 - 5:19 pm

          Rick Riordan already made the Sword of Summer, for Norse mythology.

          Reply
        • Seihla -  January 26, 2016 - 2:39 pm

          I quote from the book: “A pen sword? What kind of idea is that?”

          Reply
          • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:12 am

            That sword is badass!!!! Although my bow is better.

        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 10:06 am

          My half brother`s sword is so much better than your Jack.

          Reply
      • Jing -  January 14, 2016 - 2:15 pm

        No, it’s only Roman.

        Reply
        • Lias -  January 20, 2016 - 8:23 am

          Actually, it’s not. A friend of mine was reading a book by Rick Riordan under that title. I read the back, and was indeed about Norse mythology. What you’re thinking about is the Percy Jackson “Expanded Universe” sequel series with a greater focus on Roman Mythology.

          Reply
    • Lizzie Sangi -  January 13, 2016 - 12:56 pm

      Seems, this 2 headed god would be suitable for gemini and the month(s) of…..Isn’t a gemini I know, knew that had two (2) agendas

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 8:19 am

        Say what? I don`t understand what you are trying to say.

        Reply
    • Brody -  January 18, 2016 - 1:08 pm

      yeah it is

      Reply
  23. codee -  January 11, 2016 - 6:34 pm

    Yo Percy Jackson still sucks

    Reply
    • Annnnaaa -  January 12, 2016 - 10:18 am

      Bite your tounge!

      Reply
    • Percy Jackson -  January 18, 2016 - 11:56 am

      PercyJackson is awesome. screw you

      Reply
    • Dean -  January 19, 2016 - 11:03 am

      No he doesnt

      Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:37 am

      May Zeus strike you down.

      Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 4, 2016 - 6:17 am

      *grabs sniper rife*

      Reply
    • ckewish -  February 9, 2016 - 12:41 pm

      I bite my thumb at you.

      Reply
    • Kronos -  March 16, 2016 - 9:22 am

      Tell me about it, he stopped my return to power!

      Reply
  24. abbykimchi -  January 11, 2016 - 3:00 pm

    I am totally nerding out right now from all of the percy Jackson characters XD

    Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:37 am

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  25. Dallas -  January 11, 2016 - 10:45 am

    hey it’s january 11 2016

    Reply
    • wolf tamer tree puncher -  January 12, 2016 - 7:17 pm

      most people don’t realize that the calendar is actually based on the zodiac, which is 5 days behind, so it’s actually January 6, 2016

      Reply
      • Lizzie Sangi -  January 13, 2016 - 12:58 pm

        Thaz why this god would be better suited for the month(s) of Gemini

        Reply
  26. Gleason Hedge -  January 8, 2016 - 9:10 pm

    You guys need to stop fighting and hurry up to Camp Half-Blood while I deliver the Athena Parthenos

    Reply
    • Dean -  January 19, 2016 - 11:04 am

      Haha ur funny

      Reply
    • Mister Lambert -  January 21, 2016 - 11:25 am

      Hark and forsooth me thinks you think too much^.

      Reply
    • Gleeson Hedge -  January 26, 2016 - 3:20 pm

      Can i whack him just once? Please???!!!

      Reply
      • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:13 am

        Yes.

        Reply
      • OTC -  February 4, 2016 - 10:42 am

        Please Do

        Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 4, 2016 - 12:50 pm

      What if i just throw it for you.

      Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 25, 2016 - 8:30 am

        As in the statue, can I throw the statue for you? I can easily lift 2 billion tons with the suit I have.

        Reply
  27. Grover Underwood -  January 4, 2016 - 9:39 pm

    Whassup dudes. Have you tried these new tin cans? They’re they best ones ever!!!!!!

    Reply
    • Annabeth Chase -  January 21, 2016 - 2:44 am

      The Heinz ones?
      I have heard of them!

      Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 8:20 am

      Sorry I`m not a can fan.

      Reply
    • Master Cheif -  February 1, 2016 - 2:26 pm

      Don’t eat my armor!

      Reply
  28. Moose Moose -  January 4, 2016 - 2:27 pm

    hi

    Reply
  29. Cowboy -  December 31, 2015 - 2:08 pm

    Why is this today’s blog???

    Reply
    • abbykimchi -  January 11, 2016 - 2:49 pm

      ikr

      Reply
  30. Thalia Grace -  March 5, 2015 - 9:45 am

    Hey guys!! How are things back at camp?

    Reply
    • Percy Jackson -  March 10, 2015 - 7:48 pm

      Life has been good so far after Leo died we decided to leave that behind

      Reply
      • BIG FAN OF CHB -  January 2, 2016 - 5:03 pm

        OMZ! (oh my Zeus) Its Percy, Magnus, Thalia, Annabeth, Nico, Zoe, Piper,Leo, Jason , Poseidon, Athena,Hades ALL IN THE SAME PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M GEEKING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Percy, can I ask you like a billion questions about being a half-blood, camp, and your personal life?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!?!?!!?!?!

        Reply
        • Moose Moose -  January 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

          u r a girl probably since u r freaking out

          Reply
          • Artemis -  January 26, 2016 - 1:43 pm

            I am a girl, and I am not freaking out even though I am a big Percy Jackson fan, you chauvinist pig.

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:35 pm

            First Time I Saw My Favorite Goddess(Artemis) use a computer.

            No one has a lot of respect for you.

        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:38 am

          And the son of Poseidon everyone forgot about but he is still here.

          Reply
          • Seihla -  January 26, 2016 - 2:35 pm

            Are you Triton or Polyphemus?

          • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:57 am

            Dean Baratheon, nice to meet you.

          • Poseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:14 am

            I am Dean Baratheon, defeater of 4 gods and the Minotaur, bowmaster and expert sorcerer, nice to meet you.

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:44 pm

            I am master chief. I found out the covenant religion would end the galaxy, so I ended the covenant religion.

      • Ares -  January 2, 2016 - 5:35 pm

        who wants to start a war … and … how is camp half blood. Is my young warrior, Clarisse still bad!

        Reply
        • Clarisse La Rue -  January 5, 2016 - 1:51 pm

          You bet, daddy! Yes to all your questions! When will you be stopping by?

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:56 pm

            Arrow to the knee huh?

            I took a NUKE TO THE FACE!

          • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 8:58 am

            And I took a Kronos fist to my whole body.

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:28 pm

            It set it off while my whole body covered it.

        • Humans these days -  January 6, 2016 - 8:43 am

          ikr roleplayers are so annoying
          why don’t you guys grow up already and be more original with your usernames….Anyway if you were PROPER fans of the series you’d know it is dangerous for demigods to use computers or mobile phones because it attracts monsters.
          *leo says he made a special monster-proof wi-fi*
          well, you know what?
          GOOD FOR YOU.

          (Although Percy Jackson and is one of my favourite book series :))

          Reply
          • Aili -  January 7, 2016 - 6:44 pm

            Yas, true fannssssss!!!!! Have you read the Heroes of Olympus???

          • Mister Lambert -  January 21, 2016 - 11:30 am

            I had a magical pen once, it could write in like 4 different colors. WAIT,thats what it was supposed to do:[ Call the hippogryph!

        • Poe Dameran -  January 7, 2016 - 10:46 am

          Ares, Dude, I am currently in one.

          Reply
          • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:39 am

            Amen to that brother.

          • #RememberHanSolo -  January 26, 2016 - 1:45 pm

            May the force be with you!

      • Emmanuel Gapud -  January 3, 2016 - 7:48 am

        Oh my gods, stop naming yourselves after book characters XD

        Reply
        • Percy Jackson -  January 5, 2016 - 1:44 pm

          What do you mean, naming myself after a book character? Are you calling me an identity thief? You better watch yourself, the Roman and Greek demigods will track you down and show you we’re not book imaginary people.

          Also, our weapons are also real and we can dissipate the Mist to show you the truth.

          The truth and our weapons might be the last things you see.

          Reply
          • Riptide -  January 6, 2016 - 5:45 pm

            Um, not unless you use Backbiter. You’re not killing any mortals with me, I’m made of Celestial Bronze dummy!

          • Poseidon`s other son -  January 26, 2016 - 7:40 am

            I agree with Riptide.

        • Annabeth Chase -  January 21, 2016 - 2:47 am

          We don’t.
          If we were fake don’t you think we would have real names?

          Reply
        • Mister Lambert -  January 21, 2016 - 11:35 am

          THIS IS EDGAR ALLEN and i agree, you guys should stop naming after other folks.

          Reply
        • Poseidon`s other son -  January 27, 2016 - 8:22 am

          But I can say that I disagree with your argument sir or ma`am.

          Reply
      • Leo Valdez -  January 3, 2016 - 6:45 pm

        Hey! I’m not dead! It’s just that I’m flying and making out with Calypso!

        Reply
        • Moose Moose -  January 4, 2016 - 2:26 pm

          There is only one God and he is in Heaven and there no other gods then him

          Reply
          • Scott -  January 7, 2016 - 6:52 am

            Maybe your invisible man in the sky can teach you the difference between “then” and “than”

          • Aili -  January 7, 2016 - 6:48 pm

            Yup! Most of the people probably do believe in him, but they are fans of the series! Like me!

          • Why am I on this page?? -  January 13, 2016 - 6:01 pm

            THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
            There is only one God, and the Greek Gods don’t exist!!!
            Well, they exist to the Ancient Greeks. They made stories for everything to explain everything……

          • kat -  January 15, 2016 - 1:37 pm

            The Greek, Norse, and Roman “Gods” are actualiy aliens.

          • Dean -  January 19, 2016 - 11:05 am

            I love the series.

          • #RememberHanSolo -  January 26, 2016 - 1:46 pm

            AMEN BRUTHA! Or sista! Still it is fun to learn about Greek Mythology.

        • Bianca di Angelo -  January 5, 2016 - 7:52 am

          You go, Leo :) (I knew when I clicked on this post that there would be other Percy fans commenting!!)

          Reply
          • Bianca di Angelo -  January 5, 2016 - 7:55 am

            And yes, I am commenting from Elysium.

          • no one in particular -  January 9, 2016 - 2:14 am

            Bianca, you said you are commenting from Elysium right?
            According to Nico in Heroes of Olympus, he tried to look for you in Elysium when Death (Thanatos) was captured and the Doors of Death has been forced open, to bring you back to life. However, you are no longer there because you chose to be reborn.

            (all right. this is odd-speaking to a book character)

          • Luv the series.... -  January 11, 2016 - 5:38 pm

            You know just because that there are some grammatical errors that people make, does NOT mean that there isn’t a greater God. I understand that there are vocal atheist’s and I cannot say more but say that you (Scoot…did i spell that wrong?) need to get of your arrogant high horse and realize that there is no “invisible man” there is a Creator God. Please understand these differences because you seem uneducated in religions, Christian religions to be exact. I AM a fan of the whole series but I’m NOT a fan of people who try to demean my God.

            Have a wonderful evening.

        • Percy Jackson -  January 5, 2016 - 1:48 pm

          Say what!? Leo, you naughty son of Hephaestus! Bro, first off, wait util you’re a bit older to do that, secondly, get back here to Camp Half-Blood and thirdly, please don’t talk about it in public!

          Reply
          • Percy Jackson -  January 5, 2016 - 1:48 pm

            *util is until

          • Poseidon -  January 19, 2016 - 11:09 am

            Camp Half-Blood is amazing!!!!

        • Jason Grace -  January 6, 2016 - 9:56 am

          Dude get back as fast as you can, Piper is flipping out!!

          Reply
        • Poe Dameran -  January 7, 2016 - 7:31 am

          Woah, I about crashed into your stupid magic dragon that didn’t show up on radar. Turn your headlights on looser.

          Reply
          • Leo Valdez -  January 25, 2016 - 9:36 am

            You’re the loser because you can’t even spell it! ^-^ Besides, we don’t have headlights, we have fire! And Festus is mechanical… Team Leo!

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:45 pm

            I have three Dragons that can shoot fire when they darn well please.

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:53 pm

            also, how are you gonna know where you go. you might crash in france for all we know

        • abbykimchi -  January 11, 2016 - 2:51 pm

          well aren’t you on a dandy lil’ vacation

          Reply
        • Calypso -  January 26, 2016 - 1:34 pm

          Awwww, that’s sweet of you Leo!!

          Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:39 pm

          YOU DID NOT NEED TO SHARE THAT YOU KNOW!

          Reply
        • OTC -  February 4, 2016 - 10:48 am

          Hey where is Frank?

          Reply
          • Frank Zhang -  March 16, 2016 - 9:26 am

            Someone say my name?

          • OTC -  March 30, 2016 - 10:37 am

            Hey it’s Frank

      • Poe Dameran -  January 6, 2016 - 7:35 am

        Woah wrong galaxy, let’s go BB-8

        Reply
        • Leia Skywalker -  January 13, 2016 - 4:14 am

          Hurry up already, Poe! We’re currently engaged in a massive battle against more TIE fighters than there of us! We need you!

          Reply
          • Mister Lambert -  January 25, 2016 - 7:55 am

            This is Edgar Allen -Once again some one left the door open to the RETIREMENT village and the elders have had to much grog. Man the Hippo Gryph’s…

        • Poseidon -  January 19, 2016 - 11:10 am

          Really?

          Reply
        • Han Solo -  January 26, 2016 - 1:47 pm

          We’re under attack from my son. Catch you later.

          Reply
      • Jason Grace -  January 6, 2016 - 10:24 am

        Hate to remind you but life was better when i saved your hide… IN THE OCEAN!!! HAHAHAHA!!! Sorry man, but the world must know lolz

        Reply
        • Katniss Everdeen -  January 7, 2016 - 7:34 am

          Hey, Jason, I don’t like gale or Peeta, want to save me in the hunger games? XOX

          Reply
          • Jason Grace -  January 12, 2016 - 9:44 am

            Of course!! Don’t tell Piper though lolz xD

          • Dean -  January 19, 2016 - 11:05 am

            Seriously?

          • Poseidon -  January 19, 2016 - 11:11 am

            “Facepalm” Why is this going on?

      • Caleb -  January 7, 2016 - 7:05 am

        Leo’s not dead.

        Reply
        • Jason Grace -  January 12, 2016 - 10:45 am

          whaaaaaa!!!

          Reply
      • Jason Grace -  January 12, 2016 - 10:53 am

        Dude, you heard from Frank or Hazel?

        Reply
      • ckewish -  February 9, 2016 - 12:43 pm

        Leo’s not dead. He’s with Calypso.

        Reply
    • Poseidon`s other son -  January 28, 2016 - 12:14 pm

      It`s fine for me without the camp thanks for asking. And also you guys might want to come get me before my dad kills me.

      Reply
  31. Colton -  March 4, 2015 - 7:10 am

    I was in Heaven and I didn’t die. Oh also, time doesn’t exist in Heaven. So Ha!

    Reply
  32. Nico De Angelo -  February 16, 2015 - 2:06 pm

    I wonder if Annabeth is mad at me for having a crush n Percy. hope Percy or nobody else thinks im gay tho

    Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 18, 2015 - 8:56 am

      Don’t worry Nico. Nobody thinks that.

      Reply
    • Percy Jackson -  March 10, 2015 - 7:50 pm

      Don’t worry Nico I don’t care if you are gay or not you are our friend and that whats matters (Annabeth is not mad)

      Reply
    • Annabeth -  January 2, 2016 - 7:46 pm

      WAIT!!! WHAT?!

      Reply
      • Random person -  January 11, 2016 - 5:41 pm

        I honestly think Annabeth is mad/ surprised XD XD XD

        Reply
      • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:01 am

        Definitely mad.

        Reply
        • Zeus's other Son -  March 16, 2016 - 9:29 am

          No, not mad… FURIOUS!

          Reply
    • OTC -  March 15, 2016 - 11:00 am

      Where is your boyfriend, Will Solace.

      Reply
      • Zeus's other Son -  March 16, 2016 - 9:28 am

        Oooooh, snap!

        Reply
    • OTC -  March 30, 2016 - 10:38 am

      Where is your boyfriend,Will

      Reply
  33. Thalia Grace -  February 7, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Hey guys, the Hunters might come and vist camp soon!!!

    Reply
    • Leo Valdez -  February 11, 2015 - 6:24 pm

      This time, can u PLEASE let us win at capture the flag? If u do, I’ll give you an all new Valdezinator 2000!!! How does that sound? :)

      Reply
      • Nico De Angelo -  February 16, 2015 - 2:07 pm

        sup Leo

        Reply
        • Hades -  June 29, 2015 - 1:39 pm

          Nico, what are you doing on this website about an indecisive minor god? You are under grounded!

          Reply
          • Jasmine Whiley -  January 1, 2016 - 3:01 am

            Whoa chill hades

          • Master Cheif -  February 1, 2016 - 2:24 pm

            *Pulls out gravity hammer and incineration cannon* Leave him alone unless you want to become street pizza!

          • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:03 am

            “Pulls out my bow and nocks an arrow” I agree with Master Chief. Oh god I never thought I would hear myself say that.

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:29 pm

            HAHA!

        • Leo Valdez -  June 29, 2015 - 1:44 pm

          Yo Hades! Chill, dude! Everybody’s on here, even Zeus!
          Hey Nico! Back from the dead! Cool, huh? Well, probably not for you, but whatever.

          Reply
      • Thalia Grace -  February 18, 2015 - 8:54 am

        I don’t know. I kinda like destroying you guys but we might take it easy on you

        Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 4:56 pm

          They’ll have me and the blue team.

          Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:50 pm

        I’ll come with caboose. here is caboose

        file:///Users/1670819/Documents/images-1.jpg

        Reply
    • Bilbo Baggins -  January 7, 2016 - 12:30 pm

      You’ll never catch me on my eagles! I will capture the flag on the way to the lonely mountain.

      Reply
      • Sauron (reincarnated) -  January 13, 2016 - 4:20 am

        *Says in really raspy voice* NOT IF I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT, HOBBIT! MWAHAHA! I STILL HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH POWER TO TAKE THAT FLAG!!

        Reply
      • Leo Valdez -  January 25, 2016 - 9:38 am

        Ik you!! You’re from that movie The Hobbit… Y’all could use some Valdezapults!!

        Reply
        • Master Chief -  February 1, 2016 - 1:36 pm

          Listening to music improves my fighting skills

          Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 4:55 pm

      I’ll come with blue team to help out the campers this time.

      Reply
  34. Magnus Chase -  January 31, 2015 - 2:06 pm

    Hi from Boston. :)

    Reply
    • Frey -  January 5, 2016 - 10:25 am

      You died in Boston as well if I recall.
      P.S.
      Welcome my son, we have been expecting you.

      Reply
      • A random PJ and Magnus fan. -  January 13, 2016 - 4:22 am

        Look at when the message was written. He was still in Boston back then. -_-

        Reply
  35. Janus -  January 31, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Okay Zeus, I guess I’m not all mighty. As Poseidon said, please don’t obliterate me with your master bolt. I don’t want to end up like Apollo.

    (Other Janus face disagrees with first face and still thinks he is all mighty, but does not want to become Janus fireworks so shuts up.)

    Reply
  36. kate -  January 29, 2015 - 8:53 am

    rlly Cat no u like bubbles more than anything #u a power puff girl :3

    Reply
  37. Poseidon -  January 27, 2015 - 12:49 am

    hey brother, quit arguing with Janus!

    Reply
    • Poseidon -  January 27, 2015 - 12:51 am

      although I still think you are more powerful, so don’t blast me into smithereens with your master bolt.

      Reply
      • Posiden -  January 2, 2016 - 5:28 pm

        sup guys who’s in for a party at Atlantis!

        Reply
        • Poseiden -  January 5, 2016 - 2:05 pm

          Identity thief! The proof is in the misspelling of my name! Plus, I don’t even have the facilities at my Atlantis Palace to throw a party! But you can come and party with me any time you want at my palace described in the stories about my son.

          Reply
          • Caleb -  January 8, 2016 - 6:17 am

            You both spelled it wrong, it spelled Poseidon.

          • Poseidon -  January 13, 2016 - 4:28 am

            That’s irrelevant! I still do not have the party facilities at Atlantis!

            P.S. I am the “second Poseiden”, I have changed my name. The extra e was a typo (my finger dexterity on all of this modern technology is not ideal.

        • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:04 am

          It is Poseidon not “Posiden” dumbass.

          Reply
          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:37 pm

            Don’t say that to your father or i will turn YOU into street pizza

    • Athena -  January 29, 2015 - 8:47 am

      Poseidon what in the name of Zeus are you talking about?

      Reply
      • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:04 am

        He has no clue.

        Reply
    • Nico De Angelo -  February 16, 2015 - 2:09 pm

      this is like meeting real gods XD

      Reply
      • Bianca di Angelo -  January 5, 2016 - 7:54 am

        IKR, brother!

        Reply
    • Percy -  January 26, 2016 - 3:29 pm

      Oh gods…

      Reply
  38. Janus -  January 23, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    I am all mighty. Bow before me mortals and demigods.

    Reply
    • Poseidon -  January 27, 2015 - 12:54 am

      As a matter of fact, I agree with Zeus

      Reply
  39. Zeus -  January 23, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    No, Janus, I am all mighty you fool. As for you mortals, bow before me or feel my wrath.

    Reply
    • Colton -  March 10, 2015 - 7:22 am

      No your not cause you suck. Ha! My God is all mighty. Ever heard of the phrase “All-Mighty God?” Jealous much?

      Reply
      • Poseiden -  January 5, 2016 - 2:12 pm

        Mortal: Do. Not. Mess. With. Zeus. PERIOD. I repeat: Do. Not. Mess. With. Zeus.

        With all due respect to your God, not that he is bad, just that (according to Zeus), he is not more powerful than Zeus himself. He doesn’t want to hear or read otherwise.

        You have been warned, so you better hope he does not see your comment.

        Reply
    • Dionysus -  January 2, 2016 - 5:21 pm

      I am the god of wine.

      Reply
      • Annabeth -  January 5, 2016 - 2:52 am

        I am Annabeth Chase

        Reply
        • John Cena -  January 13, 2016 - 4:29 am

          AND MY NAME IS JOHN CENA!

          No? Nobody’s joining in?

          Reply
          • gayasf*** -  February 5, 2016 - 9:31 am

            Anybody see Trainwreck yet ;)

      • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:05 am

        And I am Dean Baratheon.

        Reply
    • Jason Grace -  January 12, 2016 - 10:47 am

      Dad… Really?

      Reply
  40. Janus -  January 23, 2015 - 3:26 pm

    I am all mighty.

    Reply
    • Athena -  January 29, 2015 - 8:49 am

      No Janus your not

      Reply
      • Cat -  January 29, 2015 - 8:52 am

        OMG ITS ATHENA MY FAVORITE GODDESS! I RLLY DONT LIKE ZEUS XDXDXDXDXDXDXDXD!

        Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 2, 2016 - 5:02 pm

        Thank You! You are now my favorite goddess! XD XD XD XD XD XD

        Reply
    • Athena -  January 29, 2015 - 8:50 am

      (giggles) Im not kidding Janus don’t call yourself all mighty

      Reply
    • Master Chief -  February 4, 2016 - 6:20 am

      *grabs tank*

      Reply
  41. hello -  January 23, 2015 - 8:04 am

    cool this is cool

    Reply
  42. wow -  January 22, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    you people need some serious help

    Reply
    • Oh my... -  January 29, 2015 - 11:52 am

      Hahaha!

      Reply
  43. kenzie -  January 13, 2015 - 8:59 am

    you guys don’t comment on here this is about people who are religious we do not need you to trigger them

    Reply
    • Piper Mclean -  January 16, 2015 - 11:01 am

      oh excuse us your highness!

      Reply
      • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:04 am

        Hey Piper, I found this book series you should try. It’s called the 39 clues

        Reply
    • fartmaster -  January 21, 2015 - 4:08 pm

      that is so cool

      Reply
      • pretty1 -  January 26, 2015 - 9:56 am

        i know right

        Reply
    • Fuck -  January 22, 2015 - 1:10 am

      Damn kenzie! House of hades… Rick riordan is cool

      Reply
      • _______ -  January 27, 2015 - 12:13 am

        I’d like your comment if I could.
        Keep ‘em coming, Rick!!!!

        Reply
  44. Will solace -  January 7, 2015 - 3:04 pm

    Shut up Clarisse La Rue. Your game was making every computer lag. I’m glad I destroyed it :)

    Reply
    • Piper Mclean -  January 8, 2015 - 8:20 am

      yeah Clarisse! Have you guys heard from Jason at all?

      Reply
      • Jason Grace -  January 8, 2015 - 2:12 pm

        Hey Piper!
        How are you doing? Haven’t seen you much about :(

        Reply
        • mohamad -  January 10, 2015 - 3:45 am

          Yeah Jason! I haven`t seen him too.

          Reply
          • Annabeth -  January 27, 2015 - 12:15 am

            Piper’s a girl… :)

        • Piper Mclean -  January 22, 2015 - 8:35 am

          I’ve been busy lately :)

          Reply
        • Thalia Grace -  February 7, 2015 - 8:35 am

          Hey Jason!! I’ve missed you soooooooooo much

          Reply
    • Piper Mclean -  January 8, 2015 - 10:38 am

      what is janus’s greek form anyway?

      Reply
      • Leo Valdez -  January 13, 2015 - 1:11 pm

        I don’t think there is one

        Reply
        • Timothy Nelson -  January 18, 2015 - 4:34 pm

          yep, there isn’t one. Yay google!

          Reply
          • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:09 pm

            yezzzzz Google good i agreee

        • Calypso -  January 19, 2015 - 9:16 am

          Hello, Leo! :)

          Reply
        • Annabeth Chase -  January 27, 2015 - 12:16 am

          Leo!!! long time no see! Where are you and Calypso?

          Reply
      • Jason Grace -  January 6, 2016 - 10:05 am

        Im Roman… wouldnt know xD

        Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 18, 2015 - 8:58 am

      Her game was making every computer in the world lag!!!

      Reply
    • OTC -  March 30, 2016 - 10:42 am

      Hey why aren’t you with Nico

      Reply
  45. Lister S -  March 12, 2014 - 7:41 am

    The Christian God (aka father of Jesus) since he’s pretty “Two Faced” to begin with. ha ha

    Reply
    • Jesus4Life -  January 27, 2015 - 4:45 pm

      No… Just no…

      Reply
      • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:12 pm

        yess you preach that girl/boy

        Reply
  46. Clarisse La Rue -  February 18, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    @Percy Jackson and @Annabeth Chase
    get off the computers!!
    your using like all of the internet at Camp Halfblood
    you keep making my game lag!!

    Reply
  47. Pam -  February 5, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Hmm. Wonder why Janus is an automatic link to Percy Jackson! :D Guess it doesn’t matter, though… Janus actually started with the myth of Pandora’s jar. It was said that she let out every sin, including confusion. In most illustrated versions of the story, confusion has two heads. People [you know, the Greek mythology nerds like me who look at this stuff] often say that the Romans heard that story and decided to make Janus. Also, they based it off you consciousness [that little voice in your head] that says “What if… you took that passage? Instead of the one you’re on?”

    Also lots of things have Roman bases! Planets, for instance:

    Mars is the Roman name for Ares. Jupiter is Zeus. So on. It’s really confusing, all the switching back and forth. Roman, Greek. When you’re there, copy them. All that. -Pam :D :D

    Reply
    • hello -  January 6, 2016 - 8:47 am

      all these roleplayers and stuff are spamming because Janus appears in the fifth book in the percy jackson series

      Reply
  48. Percy Jackson -  February 2, 2014 - 3:26 am

    THANK YOU HERMES!!

    Reply
    • Dionysus -  January 13, 2015 - 1:28 pm

      PETER JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply
      • Percy Jackson -  January 26, 2015 - 1:42 pm

        I’m an Demigod, my dad Poseidon; God of Sea, and I were accused of stealing Zeus master bolt, I am now in the middle of my quest retrieving it, wish me luck!

        Reply
        • *facepalms* -  January 6, 2016 - 8:51 am

          Suuuuuuure you are that.

          Reply
  49. Annabeth Chase -  January 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Hey Percy. when is our next date
    P.S thank Hermes for the date at Paris

    Reply
    • Emily -  May 1, 2014 - 6:17 am

      wth Why is this turning into PJ roleplay
      btw isn’t Janus a Greek god? Unless… the Greek and Roman form are the same- like Apollo.

      Reply
      • Bob The Titan -  January 3, 2015 - 10:12 pm

        Emily. Bob says this is real life. Bob doesn’t get you. Small Bob agrees. Bob thinks you crazy.
        [Message was sent from Tartarus]
        P.S. Tartarus will add you to his collection of souls on his amor if you keep insulting Greeks and Romans.

        Reply
        • Michael Baker -  January 3, 2015 - 10:17 pm

          What is this guy talking about. I agree with you Emily. I guess this is some king of Percy Jackson and Greek Gids role play. It’s quite amusing. LOL

          Reply
        • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:43 am

          BOB!!! I said hi to the sky for you!! Hope you can come up soon!!

          Reply
          • Master Cheif -  February 1, 2016 - 2:33 pm

            If I was with you, you would not be dead. My armor can take nuclear explosion that start in front of my face. It’s virtually indestructable!

          • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:57 pm

            I also could’ve sniped that dragon creature to prevent you from dying. I never miss

    • Emily G. -  January 8, 2015 - 7:50 am

      you guys r soo cute together!!!

      Reply
    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:14 pm

      you guys went on a date how was it

      Reply
  50. bob -  January 31, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    cool

    Reply
  51. YO POOP -  January 30, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    IDK

    Reply
  52. YO POOP -  January 30, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    IDK WHAT TO SAY

    Reply
  53. Percy Jackson -  January 30, 2014 - 8:48 am

    @Annabeth:
    Definitely. AND QUIT CALLING ME SEAWEED BRAIN!! :P

    Reply
    • Jason Grace -  January 12, 2016 - 10:50 am

      Aquaman!!!! lolz Leo always had a sense of humor :(

      Reply
  54. Annabeth Chase -  January 29, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Well, I just really don’t like him. I’m sure Percy would agree with me. Right, Seaweed Brain???

    Reply
    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:16 pm

      lol cute

      Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 7, 2015 - 8:38 am

      @Percy @Annabeth

      Hey guys, I haven’t seen since… I think the second titan war

      Reply
      • Thalia Grace -  February 7, 2015 - 8:38 am

        * seen you since

        Reply
  55. Jeff -  January 27, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Oooops lol im such a noob
    I still think the author(s) might have done that on purpose though.

    Reply
  56. wolf tamer and coal miner -  January 26, 2014 - 4:47 am

    @Jeff:
    The name “Janus” in this case comes from Jane, the first member of the Janus branch. It’s the same for the other branches: “Lucian” comes from Luke, “Ekaterina” comes from Katherine, and “Tomas” come from Thomas.

    My name used to be “wolf tamer and tree puncher” but my status has been upgraded to coal miner as of yesterday. Still not a diamond digger though…

    Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 7, 2015 - 8:42 am

      that makes alot more sence now
      thanks

      Reply
  57. Jeff -  January 22, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    If just realized something! (if you’ve read 39 clues you’ll know what I’m talking about) One of the Cahill branches is called the Janus. If he’s the god of decisions, then why does the Janus branch focus on art and literature and all that? I don’t get it…

    Reply
    • soph -  January 1, 2015 - 9:05 am

      Hello! This is kind of strange because it says that you posted this comment on January 22, 2014 and it is not even close to being that date;0

      Reply
      • Cuberminerera -  January 7, 2015 - 2:55 pm

        You made the message from 2015 ‘_’.

        Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 7, 2015 - 8:39 am

      me neither

      Reply
  58. raell -  January 22, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    January is named the god of doorways, Janus

    Reply
  59. Annabeth Chase -  January 21, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Actually, Janus was a two headed god. He was the god of doorways, choices, beginnings, endings, passages, and sometimes time.

    Reply
    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:16 pm

      yes right

      Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:02 am

      Hey Annabeth, I found the best book series ever and I think you would really enjoy it. Its called the 39 clues

      Reply
  60. Roxanne Cajiles -  January 21, 2014 - 4:35 am

    Love reading someone’s thoughts

    Reply
  61. KDW -  January 19, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Janus-a two faced, not two headed, god. Lower case ‘g’ as it is not a proper noun.

    Reply
  62. Kelsey -  January 19, 2014 - 7:25 am

    @Tammy

    Only the one true God is captalized. Pagan gods aren’t.

    Reply
    • Ming -  January 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm

      Yahweh (God), the god of treachery, was cast out of the kingdom of the Gods for raping his sister and killing one of his brothers.
      He was condemned to live with lower forms of life on this planet. But animals evolved and Yahweh found them to be simple minded and greedy.
      With the promise of power, the easily manipulated desert people proclaimed Yahweh; God. And from that, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were born.

      Reply
      • Someone apalled -  January 27, 2015 - 12:20 am

        What is WRONG with you???

        Reply
  63. An Awesome Minecrafter -  January 19, 2014 - 6:11 am

    @Tammy:
    The word “god” is only capitalized if you are talking about the God of Christianity (and Judaism). Otherwise, it’s not capitalized. You would write, “We know that God will always keep His promises” but “The Greeks and Romans shared most of their gods.”

    Can anyone tell me what, exactly, Mocreatures is and how to download it for Windows 7 (without crashing Minecraft)?

    Reply
  64. Whoops I Did it Again -  January 16, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    @Emily
    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG be my best friend forever. I loved warehouse 13 so much!!!

    Reply
  65. Whoops I Did it Again -  January 16, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    @David Loves Rick
    The reason we have 12 months is because July is named after Julius Caesar and August is named after Augustus (his son I believe?)

    SO we’re all out of wack because some Roman men preoccupied with honor decided to name two months for themselves.

    Reply
  66. Tammy -  January 15, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    God is suppose to have a capitol ‘G’. I noticed throughout the whole article not once, with the exception of the title, was it capitalized.

    I know, petty, but it’s a pet peeve of mine. Lol.

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    • Someone apalled -  January 27, 2015 - 12:26 am

      Only the one true god, God is supposed to be capital. All others, it’s a generic term, gods, like cats or dogs or elephants or humans. God is God, not god. gods are gods, not Gods. It is a pet peeve of mine when people capitalize gods as in false, mythical gods from Greek, Roman, and other countries’ legends. :)

      Reply
  67. Percy Jackson -  January 15, 2014 - 3:45 am

    Hi Annabeth!!! :)

    I hate Janus. He was on Kronos’s side. And he kept trying to confuse us in the labyrinth. And he’s ugly-looking with those 2 faces – NOT 2 heads people.

    O===|===[Insert Janus here]=> <– my sword, Riptide (Anaklusmos in Greek)
    STAB!!

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    • *facepalms yet again* -  January 6, 2016 - 9:03 am

      Why, if you were talking to Annabeth would you need to tell her about Riptide’s greek name? She’s clever enough to know it already.

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      • Johnathan O'Reilly -  January 13, 2016 - 1:26 pm

        What if he was also trying to teach the general public some Greek too? However, the general tone of the comment is not that of 18 or so year old that Percy is. BTW it wasn’t me who wrote it.

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  68. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 14, 2014 - 6:40 am

    @Annabeth Chase:
    :-O! I hope you didn’t see my first comment…

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  69. Annabeth Chase -  January 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Me and Percy met him. He was quite confusing.

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    • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:55 pm

      If you want me i’ll make his head explode

      Reply
  70. An Awesome Minecrafter -  January 11, 2014 - 5:34 am

    Wow. I knew this already. Fascinating, though.

    @Cody:
    How in the world does Percy Jackson suck? That makes no sense.

    :D

    I play WolfQuest!

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  71. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 8, 2014 - 3:16 am

    ANGALYSSA WHERE ARE YOU????

    Don’t worry, I’m not mad, just bewildered. It’s like you just disappeared into thin air…uh…cyberspace. :(
    ————————————-
    If you play Minecraft, please post :D below your message. Thanks!

    :D

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    • Super -  January 20, 2015 - 2:10 pm

      I like minecraft

      Reply
    • Pseidon`s other son -  February 2, 2016 - 9:08 am

      Minecraft is ok.

      Reply
    • ckewish -  February 9, 2016 - 12:51 pm

      minecraft is cool

      Reply
  72. David Loves Rick -  January 7, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    @ Richard Hn, who, on January 2, 2011 at 6:47pm wrote:

    “I thought that the first month of the year in the ancient world was March, so September (“septem”) was the seventh month, October (“octo”) was the eighth month, and December (“decem”) was the tenth month. January would be the eleventh month, so it wouldn’t call for anything regarding old/new year. Someone clarify for me?”

    I could be wrong, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that in ancient times, the Roman calendar had 11 months, not 12. (It may have been the Greek, Persian or some other culture… I can’t remember.) I know that Julius Caesar “standardized” the Roman year at 365.25 days, and at 12 months (I think), hence, the “Julian Calendar”.

    Can anybody else enlighten us further?

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  73. Jarod -  January 7, 2014 - 11:34 am

    He has two faces Not two heads… Also find me on facebook Cat Hunter

    BTW I dont hunt cats I’m a cat that hunts.

    Find me on Twitter @Cathunter345 or its @cathunter345

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  74. Cody -  January 7, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Percy Jackson sucks.

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    • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:44 am

      I’m going to tell him and Annabeth you said that then watch Annabeth personally beat you up.

      Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:32 pm

        LET ME DO IT INSTEAD!

        Reply
    • BIG FAN OF CHB -  January 2, 2016 - 5:05 pm

      WHAT?!?!?!!?!?!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?!!?

      Reply
    • ckewish -  February 9, 2016 - 12:52 pm

      i bite my thumb at you

      Reply
  75. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 7, 2014 - 7:53 am

    @Greeklord:
    I forgot to say “p.m.”

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  76. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 7, 2014 - 7:52 am

    @Greeklord:
    You’re in a different time zone from wherever Dictionary.com is based (somewhere between the eastern seaboard & Texas). My problem is worse – it’s 6:52 for me.

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  77. Emily -  January 6, 2014 - 9:11 am

    If there is anybody who watches Warehouse 13 as much as I do, there is an episode that mentions Janus.

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  78. Christina -  January 5, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    I’m stupid… Go get a calendar, me!! GET SOME NUTELLA WHILE YOU’RE AT IT!!

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  79. Christina -  January 5, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    I just realized he posted that in 2011…
    I was talking the the least recent one…

    O_O

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  80. Christina -  January 5, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    @Anthony

    Are you talking about the Janus stuff…

    OR THE JANITOR?!??? O_O

    Reply
  81. Mboya Godfrey -  January 4, 2014 - 4:32 am

    Thanks for your info what of days

    Reply
  82. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 8:59 am

    @Angalyssa:
    Ha ha! I told you you should read the Percy Jackson series, and you said you weren’t much of a reader. If you actually read these awesome books, you might find out why your sister loves them so much! I hope you see this; you haven’t been commenting much. I guess you’re busy… Could you please give me your email address so we can talk much more quickly? Thanks. Oh, and happy Minecrafting this year!

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  83. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Janus appears in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth. He tries to confuse Annabeth when she’s deciding where to go and what to do next.

    @A lot of people’s comments:
    Janus has 2 faces, not 2 heads. Also, “Janus” is both his Greek and his Roman name. Greece and Rome shared most, if not all, of their gods & mythology, they just gave their gods different names (Zeus-Jupiter, Hera-Juno, Artemis-Diana, etc.). A few of the Greek & Roman gods had the same name (Apollo, Janus, etc.).

    It’s amazing, the things you can learn from Rick Riordan’s books.

    Does anyone except me think Percy is really cute? (But you’d better not let Annabeth Chase see that; she’d kill me. ;) )

    Minecrafters forever!

    I see my comment is exactly 3 years from the first comment listed here.

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    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:23 pm

      your not the only one i do to i think he is better looking in the movie lighting thife

      Reply
    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:30 pm

      your not the only one i do to i think he is better looking in the movie lighting thief

      Reply
    • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:42 am

      Um.. as Annabeth’s best friend I HAVE to tell her or else she’ll kill me (I’m a bad liar)

      Reply
    • Percy Jackson -  January 5, 2016 - 1:37 pm

      *BLUSHES* Why, it’s good to know my admirers follow me to everywhere, even to this website blog. But watch out, Annabeth is on here too, so you better watch your words…

      (IF ANNABETH READS THIS: No I don’t these people, I don’t want to date them instead of you. Unless…)

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  84. Gavin -  October 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

    I never knew

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  85. SYE -  January 31, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    JANUS FACED: INDIVIDULAL NOT TO BE TRUSTED

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  86. Bob Gary -  January 31, 2013 - 8:04 am

    I knew it! Thank you Rick Riordan for writing the Battle of the Labryinth!

    Reply
    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:13 pm

      i love his books to

      Reply
      • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:14 pm

        did you read lighting thief in 6th grade

        Reply
        • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:40 am

          I was a tree at that time.

          Reply
          • Annabeth Chase -  January 5, 2016 - 1:27 pm

            Gosh, I can’t believe there was actually a time when you, my best friend (we’re still BFFs, right?) were a tree and I didn’t know Percy! How could I have existed back then?!?!

            BTW, I already know your answer to my question ;)

        • Percy Jackson -  January 5, 2016 - 1:31 pm

          *AHEM* Are you a fan of me? *AHEM*

          Trust me, everything in that book is fact. Especially about my good looks. Just ask Rick if you want.

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          • Percy Jackson -  January 5, 2016 - 1:32 pm

            Wait, is that Annabeth?! Uh oh…

  87. Percy Jackson 4eva -  January 30, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    Technically, Janus is the first Roman god mentioned in the Percy Jackson series.

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    • love percy -  January 28, 2015 - 4:24 pm

      which one

      Reply
  88. Percy Jackson 4eva -  January 30, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    Quote from Janus in Percy Jackson: “I’m your best friend, I’m your worst enemy, I’m Janus, God of Doorways. Beginnings. Endings. Choices. “

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    • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:32 am

      <3

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  89. Percy Jackson 4eva -  January 30, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    The Battle of the Labyrinth (book 4 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) has the god Janus in it. I did some research and it turns out Janus is a Roman god, not Greek. The Greek version of Janus is Ianus.

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    • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:37 am

      Wow!! I didn’t know he had a greek side. So cool!!!

      Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:39 pm

        Your my favorite percy jackson character. NO ONE EXECPT FOR ME HAS ANY RESPECT FOR YOU GUYS! SEREIOUSLY!

        Reply
      • Master Chief -  February 3, 2016 - 10:51 pm

        Watch red vs blue on netflix.

        Reply
    • Grover The Faun -  January 29, 2015 - 10:41 am

      Yeah Janus is in that book, but he’s also in the newer Percy Jackson book series (heroes of Olympus). One of the people Jason meets is son of Janus, who is a roman. This proves that Janus IS, in fact, roman.

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  90. ayaz -  January 30, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    i know this too

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  91. Ethan -  January 30, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    I knew this from the percy jackson series

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  92. someguy -  January 30, 2013 - 9:13 am

    “Appropos” is misspelled. The correct spelling is “apropos.”
    Source: Dictionary.com
    Way to drop the ball guys.
    +1 to shayne

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  93. Princess -  January 30, 2013 - 6:18 am

    COOL IM IN JANUARY :0

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  94. Princess -  January 30, 2013 - 6:17 am

    AWESOME

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  95. xavier -  January 30, 2013 - 12:35 am

    hey isnt another month named after Juno (hera if you perfer) it is june isnt it if it isnt correct me than thnx

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  96. ecliphxian -  January 23, 2013 - 11:04 am

    it is impossible that God wouldn’t be touched in this issue. ever since the world begun, God is there.

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  97. spuds -  January 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    he is a greeak

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  98. Jim M. -  January 18, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    Does anyone else think of Janus cars from Sherlock?

    Maybe it’s just me…

    I also find this fascinating due to my interest in mythology.

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  99. Anna Maureen Labisig -  January 17, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Janus the two headed person………..Does it exist today????????maybe but January is the first month of the year………

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  100. Anna Maureen Labisig -  January 17, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Now! I know that January originally from the word Janus,,,,,,,,,i really love to read it again……

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  101. rosesarered -  January 17, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    this is interesting! thanks!

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  102. Suja -  January 17, 2013 - 3:36 am

    Janus is Roman. He appeared in Percy Jackson in the Battle of the Labriynth. He is said to appear before a person when he or she has to make a decision between 2 or more (but usually 2) options. When this happens, his two heads are supposed to be arguing with each other to confuse the person. He is usually portrayed as annoying and irritating but some accounts state him as horrible and terrifying. Janus is a minor god but also said to be the god of decisions and ways.

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  103. Keambra Green -  January 15, 2013 - 10:39 am

    very interesting way to learn about history

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  104. Brandon -  January 14, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Very Interesting, but I do think Janus is a Greek god or they just share the same name. I remember that he appeared once of twice in the Percy Jackson series.

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    • Thalia Grace -  February 28, 2015 - 3:43 am

      Actually, Janus’s Greek form Ianus,

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  105. greeklord -  January 14, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    just saying, this things clock is wrong, it is 3:15 where i am

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  106. greeklord -  January 14, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    janus is greek this doof just got mixed up

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  107. jumbojumbojumbo -  January 13, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    are there any god of dogs or cats or something like that??

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  108. jumbojumbojumbo -  January 13, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    uh…ok…weird story

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  109. ButterflyB -  January 12, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    Loved It!! I Knew I was born January for a Reason; this is Exactly what I do on birthday Every Year Look & Look forward with Excitment!! Wow Thanks for the info…Good Read & must Share!! BB :) :)

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  110. mist -  January 10, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    very interesting we learn something new every day

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  111. janus -  January 10, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    p.s. i think the more accurate description is that janus was two-faced. either way, i enjoyed the blog.

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  112. janus -  January 10, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    Janus is actually my given name. i’ve known this scoop about january & janus since i was a kid. i appreciate such a succinct and well articulated explanation. it is cool info and it is an interesting given name to bear (especially as a woman)

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  113. DISHA -  January 9, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never knew that

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  114. Crazy person -  January 9, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    @ a lot of people’s comments, I see that you say that Janus is a Greek god. True, but he’s Roman because the Romans used the same gods and goddesses as the Greeks, but they just put Roman names in the Greek names’ place.

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  115. Summer Swift -  January 9, 2013 - 5:57 am

    REALLY NICEE FACTS!
    btw (by the way) my BIRTHDAY IS ON JAN 01 2001.
    01/01/01
    A WONDERFUL PATTERN!

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  116. LaContra -  January 9, 2013 - 1:44 am

    Janus doesn’t have ‘two heads’ he has two faces on the same head, on looking forward and one facing back.

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  117. ABDUSSALAM OMAR DAHO -  January 8, 2013 - 10:03 am

    i didn’t suprise on origin janus if you go back and review founder of cristiany like paul to now

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  118. danielle -  January 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    a little dumb but ok

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  119. Abby -  January 6, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    I knew this already! Only Janus is two-faced, not two-headed. You learn a lot from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, my favorite series ever!

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  120. N. SWATI -  January 5, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    the story behind the month , january…. which is actually two headed side, representing door.

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  121. N. SWATI -  January 5, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    it was really interesting to know about

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  122. Mote -  January 4, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Really cool

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  123. Jan -  January 4, 2013 - 10:10 am

    I did not know that until now interesting. Very Interesting.(V.I)

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  124. Lowena -  January 4, 2013 - 6:08 am

    I knew this one from Sherlock. In Series 1 Episode 3 “The Great Game” there is a car rental company called Janus Cars but it isn’t all that it seems.

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  125. Anna -  January 2, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    I actually new this and I’m 10! But I do read a lot of books. I read one about roman/Greek mythology, and it mentioned Janus as the god of doors, but it was like two years ago. I’m surprised that I remembered it!

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  126. Lavanya -  January 2, 2013 - 1:34 am

    I really like this fact and it’s really interesting. Greek mythology has many secrets and many are yet to be revealed. :-)

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  127. Hannah -  January 1, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    You know, in Greek Mythology, Janus is actually a two-headed god of Doorways. They try to cause confusion. One leads to the beholder’s destiny, while the other leads to certain death. I think this is where we get High Road/Low Road. You know, two choices with different outcomes? Most people are (in myths) rumored to run into Janus in the Labyrinth, because the maze was designed to bring up your darkest fears that you threw into the deepest corners of your mind and bring them to life in front of you. Why do you think Daedalus went crazy?

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    • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:37 am

      Like how he met Percy, Annabeth and Grover in the Labyrinth

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  128. Lucas Groves -  January 1, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    @ Kevin Faulkner:

    The fact that someone did not differentiate between a face and a head is not a reliable indicator of their capability to do so. For some of us, the argument over whether Janus was two-headed or two-faced is quite silly, given that he is entirely a mythological entity. (Sorry to the remnant Janusite community.)

    Even IF it had been an error to describe Janus as two-headed, the assertion that any information “disseminated” by someone becomes invalidated by the commission of such an error is absurdly pompous. Actually, the fact that you cannot differentiate between a single specific statement (the wrongly alleged error) and any others (the rest of Hot Word’s disseminated information) rather severely invalidates any criticism you have made.

    This is especially true because your own post contains multiple errors that are more fundamental. The fact that your sentence beginning “As stated on January 1st…” lacks an instance of the definite article (“in post on Janus”), includes a misuse of the indefinite article (“to be an perfect”), and disregards the need for punctuation (commas) shows that you could have paid more attention during your early schooling.

    Please bear in mind that to contribute information in a shared space is to exercise a privilege that is often made complex by intersecting grammatical and factual requirements. Your contribution—for seemingly a well-educated person—is in this case disappointing!

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  129. bob 3.14159 -  January 1, 2013 - 11:16 am

    He’s TWO-FACED not TWO-HEADED

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  130. coolman -  January 1, 2013 - 11:13 am

    and a happy new year

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  131. coolman -  January 1, 2013 - 11:11 am

    Thank you,thank you needed the information

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  132. bob 3.14159 -  January 1, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Janus is TWO-FACED not TWO-HEADED!

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  133. kyrsten -  December 12, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    I am actually doing something right now and I need to know why Janus is so unusual!

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  134. Janus january | Momanimusic -  September 19, 2012 - 10:45 am

    [...] Which two-headed god is January named after, and what does the …Jan 2, 2011 … So, in this way, we’re all a little bit like Janus, the Roman god for which January is named. Janus is usually depicted with having two heads. that … [...]

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  135. diamond -  March 14, 2012 - 3:28 am

    Jan is tooooo long i feel for that deep reflection really now….Hate the mnth of jan

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  136. why do you want to know -  February 4, 2012 - 10:40 am

    yeah, so i thought that janus had two FACES, not two heads… and that’s what the pictures shows, too. so, its two faces, not heads.

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  137. Random Person -  February 2, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    I thought dece = deci?!

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  138. Vindu -  February 2, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Nice

    @ Roy Mustang: Myth is from that what existed b4. See the difinition of myth: 1.”a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event…” Dictionary.com

    @Richard Comish: What about the French doors! that works both ways! do they not!!!

    Thanks as always

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    • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:48 am

      LEGENDARY story. :)

      Reply
  139. Noqeb beb Kefa -  January 13, 2012 - 9:56 am

    The letter J does not appear in the Hebrew language JahfroJahvid. For J please substitute Y. So the name of the father is Yah

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  140. Sackeyteh -  January 5, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    Janus is really king of doors and gates

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    • Dallas -  January 11, 2016 - 10:43 am

      how can he be the king of doors

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  141. venus -  January 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    I ‘m need 5 facts about janus soooo……. this wAS VERRY HELPFUL! THANKYOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    Reply
  142. Dominga Binns -  February 27, 2011 - 9:28 am

    Super information indeed. Friend on mine has been searching for this content

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  143. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 7:44 am

    And yes, Janus was GREEK not Roman.

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    • Grover The Faun -  January 29, 2015 - 10:44 am

      No, he was not. Janus was the ROMAN god of doors, gateways, and other things, all representing beginning and end. Janus had a son (Michael Varus) who was roman. All of the statues of Janus were in Ancient Rome. Ever seen one in Ancient Greece? Didn’t think so. This proves that Janus is a ROMAN god, not Greek.

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      • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:35 am

        But you, Annabeth and Percy met Janus is the Labyrinth long before we found out the Romans were still alive

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  144. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 7:42 am

    I should point out, as a Follower of the Greek Gods, that Janus represented Choices in the life of Humanity.

    He was symbolized by Two Doors, and did not reflect the transition of Child and Adult. This is a fact that I utterly see as false.

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  145. Rune -  January 27, 2011 - 7:43 am

    Oh come, Tyr is not obscure. At least not to anyone who’s reasonably well read.

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  146. spunkybabe -  January 27, 2011 - 5:18 am

    If January is a month of reflection according to this article, what about December? Afterall, some people look at the passing year and reflect on what was good or bad. They also plan for the coming year. What have you got to say about that?

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  147. Vishnu -  January 13, 2011 - 11:29 pm

    nice research work on the etymology

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  148. anna -  January 13, 2011 - 6:27 pm

    i just read that from percy jackson and the olympians!! heheheh funny~

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  149. adam carolla's disciple -  January 13, 2011 - 11:55 am

    janus is an investment firm, too. they look at market trends – old and new – to pick the best investments for their clients.

    would it be okay if i named my future daughter janus, a variant of janice? even though janus was a god and not a goddess?

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  150. mark v -  January 7, 2011 - 8:27 am

    After google imagesearching, i have come to the conclusion that “two headed” could be considered accurate. Most people probably assume that also mean Two-necked, but no.
    Alot of statues and commemorative coins show him with a conjoined back of the skull, giving him two different tops to two distincly head-shaped formations

    So while he may be HISTORICALLY known for being two-faced. Dictionary.com is correct for saying he is DEPICTED as two-headed.
    Burn on all you doubters.

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  151. Curly -  January 6, 2011 - 3:49 am

    @Dragon and @Maia:

    Janus, in fact, has no Greek counterpart, which is quite rare.

    @Saf:

    I pronounce it the way you do, and my dictionary agrees.

    [jánnyoo erree]
    Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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  152. Kevin Faulkner -  January 6, 2011 - 2:10 am

    The fact that you cannot differentiate between a face and a head almost invalidates any information you wish to disseminate. Janus is 2 faced NOT 2 headed. As stated on January 1st in post on Janus the psychologist Carl Jung considered the god to be an perfect symbol of the human psyche.

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  153. Thomas -  January 5, 2011 - 7:05 am

    My name is Thomas and i feel left out :(

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  154. ESL -  January 4, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    My 5th grade teacher taught us this. Janus sounds more Greek than Roman.

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  155. Anonymous -  January 4, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    @clover: Julius Augustus added two months to the year, July and August. October was originally the eighth month (hence the “octo”, meaning eight) and December was the tenth month; then it was “booted” forward to the twelfth and October to the tenth. Julius must have been quite self-centered to add two months and then name them after himself! LOL

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  156. Aaron Garrity -  January 4, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    [...] more prepared, this year. In fact, January is named for the Roman god Janus, who is usually depicted having two heads that face in opposite directions. One looks back to the year departed, and one looks forward to the [...]

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  157. Kobie LOVES Mike -  January 4, 2011 - 5:32 am

    my birthday is on the 9th of this month, too Sandy LOVES Mike!!!

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  158. Laiba Chaudhry -  January 3, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Write now, in 6th grade I am studying Greek Mythology and I guessed it was Janus since its the only Greek God I learned about witch has two heads. Glad to know I am right. I love studying knew things.

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  159. Laiba Chaudhry -  January 3, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Write now, in 6th grade I am studying Greek Mythology and I guessed it was Janus since its the only Greek God I learned about witch has two heads. Glad to know I am right.

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  160. Ed H -  January 3, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    Janus is Roman, not Greek, and the word “janitor” does derive from the god Janus. This was also a Final Jeopardy question that only one person got right, and subsequently went from last to first place.

    However, January was NOT the first month in the Roman calendar: March was the first month. This is why to us all the last months’ names seem incorrect: in Roman times September was not the 9th month, it was the seventh; December was not the 10th month, it was the twelfth, etc. July and August, our 7th and 8th months, were originally called Quintilis and Sextilis (5th and 6th months) until Julius Caesar and Augustus named them after themselves (and each took a day from the last month of the year [February] so their months would be among the largest).

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    • jack -  January 27, 2015 - 1:20 pm

      romans stole copied Janus when they took over greece so he is greek

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  161. booooooooooop -  January 3, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    i thought january and june were named after julius ceaser

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  162. Nessie -  January 3, 2011 - 4:16 pm

    This article was a great distraction from homework.I wish they made more schools for those with short attention spans.Intersting article,and I agree with you Maia. princessperfect it’s not weird to use punctuation and capitals,it’s a sign of lower education and poor comunacation skills to not use proper gramer.

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  163. George Rabadi -  January 3, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    The Roman’s origin calendar had Only 10 months so March was considered the first month, but during the reign of Numa Pompilio January and February were add, so January became to be the first month instead.

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  164. Liza -  January 3, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    I knew this answer and I am 12! Well, i do take latin and have a very large interest in Greek and Roman Mythology. I didn’t even read this article and I know this God is Roman Janus, God of door ways, entrances, etc. Also beginnings with is why January comes from it because it is the beginning of a new year!

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  165. princessperfect -  January 3, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    i wud just like to say that this article is very interesting and that u adults shouldnt use punctuation and capitals… thats just weird =P just a suggestion =D

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  166. Jen -  January 3, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    @ Saf-
    I am from the midwest, and put the emphasis on the “air”.

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  167. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  January 3, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    nice, this one is really good. actually every one does it, looking back of the past and think of the mistakes and successes and things what we may learn from it to be ready for the future and what will it offer. my 2010 is not a really good year, the worst of all the years i had in my 24 years of existence and i am really looking forward for 2011 to be something better, not good, but at least better…we may all have a good outlook and enjoy life….

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  168. kemi olabode -  January 3, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    Great discovery!

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  169. Lilliana -  January 3, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    In the Bible, April is the first month. To bad that’s where they put April Fools Day…

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  170. Margret -  January 3, 2011 - 1:12 pm

    Its Janus/Ixion Right????? I did a report on him! A “New Door” Correctomundo?

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  171. chasity -  January 3, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    wowww i wonder how did the other months got their names

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  172. Tim Smithson -  January 3, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    I thought Janus was two-faced not two-headed? As in, he had one head and two faces. Anyone else think this as well?

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  173. Blah -  January 3, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Janus is actually a greek god…… :)

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    • Thalia Grace -  February 21, 2015 - 4:31 am

      Janus is both Greek and Roman, but the Greeks came first

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  174. Saf -  January 3, 2011 - 10:24 am

    I’ve always pronounced it Jan-yoo-er-ee, but I always hear people pronounce it as Jan-yoo-air-ee (emphasis on the air). Is that just a southern thing? What’s the consensus?

    ~Saf

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    • anonymous -  January 5, 2016 - 8:24 am

      I say it with the “air” like that, too. But I do live in Northern Virginia, and I guess that’s still considered southern.

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  175. shayne -  January 3, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Is appropos misspelled? “apropos” right?

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  176. Maia -  January 3, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Wouldn’t Janus be greek? I know that he’s in both Romand and Greek mythology, but didn’t the greeks come first?

    Anyways, good article. I liked it. AND HEY, I KNEW THAT!!!! Haha, sorry.

    And I’m also glad that there aren’t really any comments on religion, it annoys me when people post about God on here yelling about how terrible these articals are. I’m a Christian too, but I see no issue with learning about the origins of words, even if they do come from the names of other gods. Just because it’s named after a god, doesn’t mean that we’re worshiping said god by learning about it, guys. Chill.

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  177. Madhu -  January 3, 2011 - 9:46 am

    This is a very useful and new info. to me. Any idea about the other months?

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  178. ishan -  January 3, 2011 - 9:43 am

    It’s very good information

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  179. Scarlett -  January 3, 2011 - 9:28 am

    My birthday is in January and so is my dad’s. Thank you for sharing such awesome information Mr. Dictionary. You will always be my friend. LOL

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  180. A Liberal in Lakeview (n. side of Chicago) -  January 3, 2011 - 8:58 am

    @Richard Hn (January 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm)

    You thought correctly that decem means ten. One should pronounce it as “dekem” when using the classical method of pronunciation, of which the rules are simpler than the ecclesiastical method. By the latter method, one would say “dechem”, with ch as in cherry, given that c precedes e.

    I suspect that the trick to understanding the Romans’ calendar is that they had two concepts of year. There is one that is secular, for business, legal, and other worldly affairs, and another for religious purposes. (Pls bear in mind again that I am speculating.) At any rate, in the 12th month, “Februarius”, there is a holiday called “febrorum”, “the Roman festival of purification and expiation, celebrated on February 15th”. The noun, “februum”, means “purgation, purification”.

    “Janus also represented transition”, as it reads at http://www.dictionary.com, and his month is for looking forward and looking back, for reflecting upon what was right and what was not. Then, in the middle of the next month, one uses the results of this reflection to motivate purgation of bad ideas and habits.

    Then comes March, another new year and a time for new beginning. From March 19th through the 23rd is the “Quinquatrus” (aka “Quinquatria”), a festival celebrated in honor of Minerva, “goddess of wisdom and of the arts and sciences, identified with Pallas Athene”.

    Figuratively “minerva” indicates “skill, genius” as well as “spinning and weaving”. I suppose the idea is to begin in March to make use of the fruits of the past two months’ reflection and purification and to get to work on new projects that came to mind as a result of the exercises during those months.

    Source: The New College Latin & English Dictionary, c. 1966, 17th printing-1981, by John C. Trauptman, Ph. D.

    Happy new year.

    Gratias to http://www.dictionary.com for “the hot word”.

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  181. Sandy LOVES Mike -  January 3, 2011 - 8:32 am

    This’ll be the perfect report for school!! I’m impressed!! :) @ JahfroJahvid / Shalom, you are totally correct! My teacher will love the report ( I know because she LOVES this website). Another reason is because I’m her favorite student (I’m serious)!! My birthday is this month too! I’ll be 20 years old!! Its on the 9th (my birthday is)!! There’s soooo much to do, I’d better get busy!! Just kidding!! I LOVE YOU http://www.dictionary.com!!! Later, everyone!!

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  182. Carly -  January 3, 2011 - 8:09 am

    He is the same in Greek mythology. A two-faced minor god whose domain resides in choices, past and future, changes, doors, and options.

    This is one of my favorite things to study. I love the random topics that are chosen for the hot word of the day.

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  183. Debbie Bates -  January 3, 2011 - 7:32 am

    I blogged about Janus on January 1 and included my photo of what is now known as the ‘Arch of Janus’ in Rome (however the attribution appears to have changed from the later day “Arch of Constantine” to the more timeless ‘Janus’ sometime during the Renaissance). It is a “quadrifrons triumphal arch”- something that I had to look up at dictionary.com! (Thank you) Read more here: http://wp.me/pvdQG-di

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  184. David -  January 3, 2011 - 7:24 am

    How could I possibly leave a comment following the one immediately preceding???

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  185. Wu -  January 3, 2011 - 7:18 am

    very interesting and it is very help to a person whose native language is Chinese to learn those facts.

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  186. Thomas -  January 3, 2011 - 6:53 am

    my name is thomas

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  187. Raina bo baina -  January 3, 2011 - 6:33 am

    Informative as always! I <3 Hot Word!

    –Raina

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  188. a -  January 3, 2011 - 5:57 am

    i love words

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  189. clover -  January 3, 2011 - 4:36 am

    @ JahfroJahvid / Shalom

    Then how do you explain that December is the 11th month of the year in the ancient calendar, while the prefix dec- stands for tens? (Sorry if I got my facts wrong, basing purely off the info mentioned in this thread here.)

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  190. rolf -  January 3, 2011 - 4:20 am

    thanks 4 ds

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  191. Tons -  January 3, 2011 - 2:32 am

    Yea that figure is not two headed but actually two faced which means somebody published a n error knowingly or unaware-whether it was named after Greek or Roman gods is questionable because both of these nations are ultimatly babies compared to world history and the creation of the calender.

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  192. J.R. -  January 3, 2011 - 2:24 am

    that god’s name is so close 2 my name

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  193. swati naruka -  January 3, 2011 - 1:16 am

    wov… thats interesting and never thought of it earlier!!!

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  194. Nazir Habib -  January 3, 2011 - 1:15 am

    Very interesting and informative. Succintly written, easy to go through and thought provoking.

    Salams and best wishes for 2011.

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  195. Suresh -  January 3, 2011 - 1:03 am

    Good work..

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  196. boo boo : ) -  January 3, 2011 - 12:56 am

    Boo Boo likes it! Good stuff.

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  197. JahfroJahvid -  January 2, 2011 - 10:03 pm

    Greetings,

    I learned this knowledge about 10 years ago, when I began to study the origin of calendars. Since then, I have learned that in the ancient world, right from the beginning of time; that the month we know of as February was in fact the first month of the year. In other words, the time of February was marked as the beginning of spring and the first month of the year….NOT March or April, as some profess today. The twelve months of the year, initially were called by their numerical numbers (1st month,2nd, 3rd etc…) and latter were given Hebrew and many other National names. Knowing that the time of February (also named after a Roman god) was the true beginning of the year, makes the meaning of Janus or January much more interesting. Even by the Romans, the month February was a time of Spring cleaning! The true Original Calendar or Almenach was originated by The Holy One of Israel, whose name is JAH; IN THE BEGINNING of time. It began at the beginning of Creation on the FIRST DAY……”…and the evening and the morning were the first day.” That first day, marked the First Day of the first 7 day week, the First Day of the first month, the First Day of the first year and so on….We are truly in the year 6210 from the beginning. That’s six thousand, two hundred and ten years from the beginning…….NOT 6 million/billion or so years! There is much more to be said on this subject, but this will suffice for now.

    Shalom

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  198. rashmi -  January 2, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    i liked it…

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      Good! Do you like me too? Wink, wink

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  199. chris martinez -  January 2, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    This is amazing

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  200. Ben -  January 2, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    “Which two-headed god is January named after”

    It should be two-faced not two-headed.

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  201. khadnizar -  January 2, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    Wow! this is really great! I want to read some more. :)

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  202. George Oberst -  January 2, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    Shiela–You can google “origins of names of months” and get several websites with the info.

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  203. Richard Hn -  January 2, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    I thought that the first month of the year in the ancient world was March, so September (“septem”) was the seventh month, October (“octo”) was the eighth month, and December (“decem”) was the tenth month. January would be the eleventh month, so it wouldn’t call for anything regarding old/new year. Someone clarify for me?

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  204. adli -  January 2, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    Wow, thanks for the info. This is interesting info.Never thought about it either.For sometime , i was thinking where the in the earth , how did the months has been named.Very much appreciated for the info.

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  205. SHEILA RICHARDS-MEYD -  January 2, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    THIS AWSOME INFO THANKS SO MUCH. WHERE COULD ONE GET INFO ON ALL THE MONTHS?

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  206. Richard Comaish -  January 2, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    And yet it’s hard to find a door that works both ways.

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  207. dragonfriend -  January 2, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    Janus is two-faced, not two-headed.I already knew this- but look at the picture.

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  208. dan -  January 2, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    ha..i guessed the name..i just finished reading mythology…a book of a general concept and stories…and now..The Odyssey…im not a big fan of mythology..but the stories are quite interesting

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  209. Jan.3 what day is it today anyway -  January 2, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    If transitional with uncertainity, then after which state, anything productive as a god is who.

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  210. roy mustang -  January 2, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    i dont believe in any of the roman gods; i believe that they’re just myths and if they are realy real, i’d love some proof

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  211. Nikki -  January 2, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    @Cyberquill: you are right. Just like the prefix “dec” for December, decade, decathlon etc, the prefix “jan” is used the same way for words associated with it.

    -Nicola

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  212. Dragon -  January 2, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    Guessed it! But I could’ve sworn Janus was Greek…?

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  213. Nikki -  January 2, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    Very interesting information. However, you have lacked some necessary punctuation, such as the right parentheses to end the small section about the poetic term John Keats coined. Despite this, this is a pretty good effort. Good job, Hot Word. Keep it up!

    -Nicola

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  214. hi2 -  January 2, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    cool!

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  215. JANUS | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  January 2, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    [...] January — another year contrary — we eat too much of dairy, — being pulled both to and fro. — The method of derision is not an ultimate decision — no matter which way the gods are looking, — we know it’s little that we know. — However, when the door is open, — We take a step on through. — Of course it’s a Trap. — We’re out of our minds — but we do it all for you. — At Burger King or McDonald’s, — it’s all about the same. — Although the Golden Arches and Coca-Cola play the big Inter-Galactic game. — Hooray for the Red, White and Yellow! — But don’t count out Colonel Buddha. — What else is there to do? — Of course it’s a Trap and we know we’re a Sap and a Happy New Year to you. — Which one of us do you mean? – Yah, sure, You Betcha. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  216. hi -  January 2, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    I knew that!!!!!!

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  217. Cyberquill -  January 2, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Janus, the god of doors. Janitor, a doorman. Makes sense.

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  218. Sewa Dass -  January 2, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Wow! Really strange… never thought of it. Interesting.

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  219. Sewa Dass -  January 2, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    WoW really strange …… never think of it earlier.

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  220. Anthony -  January 2, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    I actually knew all of this because I did a project in 7th grade about Janus. Glad to see I got all my facts correct!

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