Merchant of Venice

what is meant by the 'two headed Janus'? why is he referred to in the extract??

Act 1 scene 1      "not in love neither? ......the jest be laughable?

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The "two-headed Janus" implies he might just as well describe himself as happy.... it's the ability to communicate why you're sad, rather than being unable to put it into words or know the reason. Janus was the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, his image (two heads) was meant to remind people that human beings often have no center for their thoughts, and in turn, are incapable of knowing or understanding themselves.

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The Merchant of Venice