Go back further. You were dismissive of the numbers Sulla faced. I also don't get how the above supports your position. Brunt claiming 272,000 in the field is vastly in excess of the 200+ cohorts you dismissed as being possible (more even than the higher end 450 cohorts that was also cited, next to the "base" army of 200 cohorts). 272,000 is 544 full cohorts! So how was it that you were dismissive of 200-450 cohorts, yet your new slant is "no more than 544 full cohorts" worth of men? Nor does it make sense to continually refer to how the cohorts "weren't at full strength", for reasons that are pretty freaking obvious (because the numbers you are supporting on the one hand are bigger than the estimates you earlier scoffed at, even if the earlier estimates were for cohorts that were 100% capacity).