- So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified.
- The soldiers led him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort. Mark 15:15-16
The fact that Pilate assembled the Cohort means that this was no minor whipping of the local boy, but rather a flogging of the first order and a particularly grisly execution: a public spectacle, meant to discourage any and all resistance.
Following the restructure [of the Roman Army] by Gaius Marius (157 BC–January 13, 86 BC) the format was again changed so that the Century would be raised to its literal number of 100.
1 Legion = 10 Cohorts
1 Cohort = 6 centuriae
1 Manipulus = 2 Centuria
1 Centuria = 10 Contubernia
1 Contubernia = 10 Soldiers
They lined up at least 600 people for this event -- and those were just the soldiers. Remember that the next time you are "just a bystander"; you are still complicit in the event even (or especially) if you did nothing.