L. H. Mathiesen wrote:

> Very interesting words...
> Could pagus be a thematic variant of pax? Also cf. Greek pagos as in
> Areopagos. (Construing paganus as a person from a peaceful area should
> make everyone happy).

But pax is pax - pa*c*is.

> And I wonder about populus vs G folk. I really should get around to
> buying a proper IE etymological book.

I always tought about vulgus vs. folk, instead.