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[[File: Janus one.jpg |200px|thumb|left|A statue of Janus]]__NOTOC__
The Greeks very much influenced the Roman religion. However, many features of the Ancient Italian religions were retained by the Romans. One of the most distinctive Roman deities was Janus, the god of entrances, gates, and transitions. He was the animistic soul or spirit of doorways and entrances and all their associations. There is no counterpart of this enigmatic deity in Greek religion and mythology. Janus played an important role in Rome's public religion, and an understanding of him can help us know the Roman worldview and its values.