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If somebody says he was a "Grecian" at school .... it means?

In one of the Horatio Hornblower movies, Hornblower tells his new Captain that he was a "Grecian" at school.

Does anybody know what that means?

I'm guessing it means that he studied classical literature in Greek and (probably) Latin but I have not been able to find anything definite.

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Re: If somebody says he was a "Grecian" at school .... it me

i think it meant that they read Greek and (more or less) ignored the 'Romance' period/languages, i know that at one time it was a 'snob' thing....

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Re: If somebody says he was a "Grecian" at school .... it me

Means different things to different people.

With Hornblower you can get one association of the word and meaning in the context of his relationship with Archie Kennedy.

You can also get another association with a more accepted reference to having been a member of a fraternity (or sorority) with name composed of Greek leters.

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