Since ancient times, people wanted to devise the secret of immortality. From alchemists to modern scientists, the question has been bothering all civilizations at all times. In many cultures, immortality was one of the qualities that separated people from gods. Mundanes had to subject to the rules of nature while gods had power over them. It is not surprising that people desired to live forever and be more powerful.
Many early works of literature tell legends and myths about immortal people. The origin of this god-like quality differs greatly from one culture to the other—some heroes were born with it, some discovered the alchemical secrets, and some obtained immortality as a gift from gods. The following are the most prominent legends and ways to become immortal.