ὅσσας ἡρώων ἀλόχους ἴδον ἠδὲ θύγατρας
πρὶν γάρ κεν καὶ νὺξ φθῖτ’ ἄμβροτος
“I could wear out the night telling of all the wives …” recalls the second invocation to the Muses prefacing the Catalogue of Ships at Iliad 2.488-490: “not if I had ten tongues and ten mouths … could I tell all the ships that came before Ilion.” Such an emphasis of course underscores the scope or scale of the endeavor, and one reason for this might be the reason scholars have offered, that catalogue poetry requires special mnemonic techniques;  another reason might be that narrative choices are being flagged here as well. But also notable is a distinct highlighting of the relationship of the cataloguer to the catalogue: at Iliad 2, the narrator reminds the audience that the Muses were there, but the poet was not. As we shall see below, the performer of the catalogue, and the motivating situation are highlighted as well in the abbreviated (though long enough!) catalogue in Iliad 14—Zeus’ recitation of the roster of his lovers—a demonstration of how, from the standpoint of the maker, a Catalogue of Women gets made.