Fountain of Youth

mythological theme in art and literature, a spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters

The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring. People talked about it for thousands of years. They thought its water could make people young and healthy. Herodotus put it in the Horn of Africa. Later stories said it was in India. A Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, was said to have looked for it while in present-day Florida.