Macedonian literature () begins with the Ohrid Literary School which was established in Ohrid (nowadays Republic of Macedonia) in 886. These first written works in the dialects of the Macedonian recension were religious. The school was established by St. Clement of Ohrid in the First Bulgarian Empire. The Macedonian recension at that time was part of the Old Church Slavonic and it didn’t represent one regional dialect but a generalized form of early eastern South Slavic. The standardization of the Macedonian language in the 20 c. provided good ground for further development of the modern Macedonian literature and this period is the richest one in the history of the literature itself.