The ancient library of Alexandria, known as the Royal Library of Alexandria or the Great Library, is the largest library of its time built by Ptolemy I. It was said to have been founded by Alexander the Great twenty-three centuries ago and is said to have been founded by Ptolemy II in the early third century BC 247) BC The library suffered numerous fires and ended its life in 48 BC. In 2002 it was rebuilt under the name of the New Library of Alexandria.