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【(南蘭陵)】 蕭子隆 (雲興)

Chinese: 〔齊〕隨郡王 【(南蘭陵)】 蕭子隆(八) (雲興)
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Death: 494 (19-20)
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Son of Xiao Ze 蕭賾 and 王淑儀
Father of 蕭確
Half brother of 蕭子建 (雲立); 蕭子文 (雲儒); 蕭子貞 (雲松); 蕭子夏 (雲廣); 蕭子倫 (雲宗) and 14 others

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About 蕭子隆 (雲興)

Xiao Zilong 蕭子隆 (474–494), zi Yunxing 雲興. Southern Qi prince and literatus.

Xiao Zilong's ancestral home was Nan Lanling 南蘭陵 (northwest of modern Changzhou, Jiangsu). He was the eighth son of Xiao Ze 蕭賾 (440– 493), Emperor Wu of the Southern Qi (r. 482–493). From an early age Xiao Zilong was a skilled writer, and thus Xiao Ze arranged for him to marry the daughter of the distinguished scholar and writer Wang Jian 王儉 (452–489). Xiao Ze remarked to Wang Jian, “He is the Dong'e of our family.” Dong'e refers to Cao Zhi 曹植 (192–232), who held the title Prince of Dong'e 東阿.

Xiao Zilong was first granted the title Duke of Zhijiang 枝江. Emperor Wu named him Prince of Sui 隨 commandery upon his succession to the throne in 482, and he is commonly referred to as Prince of Sui. In 485, Xiao Zilong was appointed governor of Nan Langye 南瑯邪 (administrative seat, northwest of modern Jurong 句容, Jiangsu) and Pengcheng 彭城 (administrative seat, Xuzhou). The following year he was assigned to serve as governor of Guiji 會稽 (modern Shaoxing area). In 490, Xiao Zilong was named General Defending the West and regional inspector of Jingzhou 荊州 (administrative seat, Jiangling). Xiao Zilong recruited a number of literary men to Jiangling including Xie Tiao 謝朓 (464–499), who was one of his favorites. In autumn of 493, Wang Xiuzhi 王秀之 (442–494), a senior administrator on Xiao Zilong's staff, reported to the emperor that Xie Tiao was too intimate with Zilong and should be recalled to the capital. The emperor immediately ordered his return. After he arrived in the capital, Xie wrote a long letter to Xiao Zilong expressing his friendship and affection.

When Xiao Zhaoye 蕭昭業 (473–494) was installed briefly as emperor in August 493, Xiao Zilong was given the title General Who Subdues the West and appointed palace attendant. Under Xiao Zhaoye's successor, Xiao Zhaowen 蕭昭文 (480–494), who reigned only from 10 September to 23 November 494, he continued in the post of palace attendant. He also was named general-in-chief of the capital army. Xiao Luan 蕭鸞 (452–498), who was the power behind the throne, had installed Xiao Zhaowen. One of the Qi princes that Xiao Luan most feared was Xiao Zilong. He had Xiao Zilong killed on 26 October 494. He was only twenty years old.

The monograph on bibliography of the Sui shu lists Xiao Zilong's collected works in seven juan that was recorded in a Liang period catalogue. This was lost before the Tang. Xiao Zilong has only two extant pieces, a short essay on the delights of dwelling in the mountains and a poem about a visit to the grave of the famous scholar Liu Huan 劉瓛 (434–487), which was written to match poems by Xiao Ziliang 蕭子良 (460–494) and Xie Tiao. During Xiao Zilong's tenure as regional inspector of Jingzhou, in addition to Xie Tiao, he had on his staff a number of other literary men, including Yu Wuling 庾於陵 (470?–517?) and Zong Guai 宗夬 (456–504).

Bibliography

Studies

  • Cao Daoheng and Shen Yucheng, Zhongguo wenxuejia dacidian, 381–82.
  • Yuejin 躍進. “Yongming wenren jituan shulun” 永明文人集團述論. Zhejiang xuekan 77.6 (1992): 142–46.

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