Literature suffered a decline in the 18th cent., when Dubrovnik's political independence was crushed, and a general imitation of foreign writings took hold. However, the writing of history and biography was gaining prominence. Academies flourished, and the epic poems of the academician Ignat Dordić (1675–1737) were notable. The first national bard, Anora Kačić Miošić (1702–60), wrote his poems in ballad and folk style, while the moralist-philosopher Dositej Obradović (1742–1811) introduced fable writing into Yugoslav literature.
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