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If "Pagan" came from a derogatory term to describe peasants, what was the polite or official Roman term for believers in the entire mythology of Roman Gods?
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- In the Roman Empire, people from the countryside were called paganus from the Latin word for 'boundary stone' or "country dweller." The soldiers, who were usually from another area, would use the word paganus to mean anyone local who was not a soldier. Soldiers would later also use it as an insult for each other, to mean a sloppy soldier. When Romans started to become Christian, they called themselves "soldiers" because they were disciplined, and so they also came to use the word 'pagan', to refer to non-Christians.