In old religions like Hinduism, or the religions of ancient Greek, there are many gods. Huge numbers, occasionally. And there are ghosts. And what these gods and ghosts have in common is their, albeit moderated, human appearance. Ganesh has an elephant trunk, and centaurs have the four legs of horses.
But they are recognizably mirroring human physiques.
Abrahamic religions claim that God created humans, somehow in his image (Genesis 1:27).
Then Marx, an expert in turning things the other way around (as he did with Hegel) proclaimed that humans created gods as a tool to rule.
He didn’t mean that literally, as he thought gods were products of fantasy.
But sometimes biologists have a better understanding of the horizons of production than do economists.
Take a view on evolution, and how it accelerates. Isn’t the progress of agriculture, of industrial production, of information technology as rapid first in a thousand years, then a century, then a decade, as stone age progress has been in hundreds of thousands of millenia. It took a billion years for life to organize its most basic form from self-replicating molecules, and three billion years to progress from single cell to multicellular organisms, but from realizing that the earth is a planet circling the sun to exporting humans to other planets, it’s just a few hundred years.
If development and evolution progress with ever accelerating speed, it’s just a matter of time until humans will possess all the attributes of those gods in Hinduism and Hellas.
That they will play havoc with the linearity of time, is almost a certainty. So, those human-like gods that interferred with the Odysseus and Achilles, maybe they were even more real than Socrates and colleagues themselves believed, as visitors from the future of evolution.