Two Faced (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Two Faced"?

The term two faced refers to a hypocritical person. It refers to the Roman god Janus, who had two faces, one at the front of his head and another at the back. It was assumed that a person who would say one thing to one person and a conflicting thing to another would have two faces, like Janus.

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