Merchant of Venice: Allusions

Two- headed Janus the Roman God with two faces looking in opposite directions
Nestor the wise old Greek councillor
Cato’s… Portia The historical Portia was daughter to the Roman statesman Cato and wife to Brutus, leader of the conspiracy against Julius Caesar
Colchos’ strond the shore of Colchis on the Black Sea, where, in Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts went in quest of the Golden Fleece
Weeping philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, who wept at people’s consuming desire for riches
Sibylla the Sibyl of Cumae, to whom Apollo granted as many years of life as there are grains in a handful of sand
Diana goddess of chastity