Southern Qi and neighbors
|3 June 479|
|24 April 502|
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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.
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 and grandsons, as well as officials whom he suspected of plotting against him.
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.
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 465AD. Wei troops began to attack Shouyang but could not take the city. The Southern Qi began to fortified their capital, Jiankang, in order to prevent further Wei raids. Multiple sieges and skirmishes were fought until 481 but the war did not witnessed 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 and their according range of years|
|Convention: Qi + posthumous name|
|Emperor Gao of Southern Qi
||Xiao Daocheng (蕭道成 xiāo dào chēng||479-482||Jianyuan (建元 jiàn yuán) 479-482|
|Emperor Wu of Southern Qi
||Xiao Ze (蕭賾 xiāo zé)||482-493||Yongming (永明 yǒng míng) 483-493|
|Prince of Yulin
||Xiao Zhaoye (蕭昭業 xiāo zhāo yè)||493-494||Longchang (隆昌 lóng chāng) 494|
|Prince of Hailing
||Xiao Zhaowen (蕭昭文 xiāo zhāo wén)||494||Yanxing (延興 yán xīng) 494|
|Emperor Ming of Southern Qi - Ming Di
||Xiao Luan (蕭鸞 xiāo luán)||494-498||Jianwu (建武 jiàn wǔ) 494-498|
Yongtai (永泰 yǒng tài) 498
|Marquess of Donghun - Dong Hun Hou
||Xiao Baojuan (蕭寶卷 xiāo bǎo juǎn)||499-501||Yongyuan (永元 yǒng yuán) 499-501|
|Emperor He of Southern Qi - He Di
||Xiao Baorong (蕭寶融 xiāo bào róng)||501-502[note 1]||Zhongxing (中興 zhōng xīng) 501-502|
Sovereigns family tree
- 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.