Southern Qi
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Southern Qi
Southern Qi and its neighbors
Southern Qi and its neighbors
o 479-482
Emperor Gao
o 482-493
Emperor Wu
o 501-502
Emperor He
o Established
3 June[1] 479
o Disestablished
24 April[2] 502
CurrencyChinese coin,
Chinese cash
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Today part ofChina

The Southern Qi (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Nán Qí or simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Nán Qí) (479-502) also known as Xiao Qi (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Xi?o Qí)[3] was the second of the Southern dynasties in China, followed by the Liang Dynasty.


The dynasty began in 479, when Xiao Daocheng forced the Emperor Shun of Liu Song () into yielding the throne to him, ending Liu Song and starting Southern Qi, as its Emperor Gao. The dynasty's name was taken from Xiao's fief, which roughly occupied the same territory as the Warring States era Kingdom of Qi. The Book of the Qi does not mention whether or not Xiao had any blood relationship to either the House of Jiang or House of Tian, the two dynasties which had previously ruled that kingdom.[4]

During its 23-year history, the dynasty was largely filled with instability, as after the death of the capable Emperor Gao and Emperor Wu, Emperor Wu's grandson Xiao Zhaoye () was assassinated by Emperor Wu's intelligent but cruel and suspicious cousin Xiao Luan (), who took over as Emperor Ming, and proceeded to carry out massive executions of Emperor Gao's and Emperor Wu's sons, as well as officials whom he suspected of plotting against him.[5][6]

The arbitrariness of these executions was exacerbated after Emperor Ming was succeeded by his son Xiao Baojuan, whose actions drew multiple rebellions, the last of which, by the general Xiao Yan () led to Southern Qi's fall and succession by Xiao Yan's Liang Dynasty.[7]

More than fifty percent of Tuoba Xianbei princesses of the Northern Wei were married to southern Han Chinese men from the imperial families and aristocrats from southern China of the Southern dynasties who defected and moved north to join the Northern Wei.[8] Tuoba Xianbei Princess Nanyang () was married to Xiao Baoyin (), a Han Chinese member of Southern Qi royalty.[9] Xianbei Tuoba Emperor Xiaozhuang of Northern Wei's sister the Shouyang Princess was wedded to the Han Chinese Liang dynasty ruler Emperor Wu of Liang's son Xiao Zong .[10]

War with Northern Wei

In 479, after Xiao Daocheng usurped the throne of Liu Song, the Northern Wei emperor prepared to invade under the pretext of installing Liu Chang, son of Emperor Wen of Liu Song who had been in exile in Wei since 465 AD. Wei troops began to attack Shouyang but could not take the city. The Southern Qi began to fortify their capital, Jiankang, in order to prevent further Wei raids. Multiple sieges and skirmishes were fought until 481 but the war did not witness any major campaign. A peace treaty was signed in 490 with the Emperor Wu.

Sovereigns of Southern Qi Dynasty (479-502)

Posthumous Name Family name and given names Period of Reigns Era names
Emperor Gao of Southern Qi () Xiao Daocheng () 479-482 Jianyuan () 479-482
Emperor Wu of Southern Qi () Xiao Ze () 482-493 Yongming () 483-493
- Xiao Zhaoye () 493-494 Longchang () 494
- Xiao Zhaowen () 494 Yanxing () 494
Emperor Ming of Southern Qi () Xiao Luan () 494-498 Jianwu () 494-498
Yongtai () 498
- Xiao Baojuan () 499-501 Yongyuan () 499-501
Emperor He of Southern Qi () Xiao Baorong () 501-502[note 1] Zhongxing () 501-502

Sovereigns' family tree


  1. ^ Emperor Ming's son Xiao Baoyin, who was then a Northern Wei general, rebelled against Northern Wei and claimed imperial title in 527-528, but is not listed because his claim of imperial title was temporary, long after Emperor He's reign, and also did not include any territory that was previously Southern Qi territory.



  1. ^ Book of Southern Qi, vol. 1.
  2. ^ Zizhi Tongjian, vol. 145.
  3. ^ ":".
  4. ^ Book of the Southern Qi , chapter 1
  5. ^ ?P150
  6. ^ ?P152
  7. ^ ?P153
  8. ^ Tang, Qiaomei (May 2016). Divorce and the Divorced Woman in Early Medieval China (First through Sixth Century) (PDF) (A dissertation presented by Qiaomei Tang to The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the subject of East Asian Languages and Civilizations). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. pp. 151, 152, 153.
  9. ^ China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2004. pp. 30-. ISBN 978-1-58839-126-1. Xiao Baoyin.
  10. ^ Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature (vol.3 & 4): A Reference Guide, Part Three & Four. BRILL. 22 September 2014. pp. 1566-. ISBN 978-90-04-27185-2.


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