"For verily there are gods, and the knowledge of them is manifest" (Letter of Menoeceus: Hicks translation).
And further questions came up for me, including the how to imagine why it might be that Epicureans held the gods to be important.
From Wikipedia "Ancient Greek Religion" "Ancient Greek theology was polytheistic, based on the assumption that there were many gods and goddesses, as well as a range of lesser supernatural beings of various types. There was a hierarchy of deities, with Zeus, the king of the gods, having a level of control over all the others, although he was not almighty."
Here is a website listing and describing the Greek gods (Olympian Gods, Titan Gods, Primordial Gods, Sea Gods, Underworld, etc.) https://www.theoi.com/greek-mythology/greek-gods.html
1) There was a common understanding of gods in ancient and hellenistic Greece
2) Epicureans saw the gods differently than what was commonly held - as…