The Library of Alexandria was founded by the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great. The library was founded in the 3rd century BC, and it was intended to be a center of learning and scholarship. The library was located in the city of Alexandria, which was a major cultural and intellectual hub in the ancient world. The Ptolemies, who were Greek rulers, saw the library as a way to promote Greek culture and learning in Egypt, and they recruited scholars from all over the Mediterranean world to come and work at the library. The library was destroyed in the 3rd or 2nd century BC, and its collections were lost, but it remains an important symbol of the importance of libraries and learning in ancient Greek society.