Southern Dynasties

Southern Dynasties

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Chinese (Pinyin)  Nanchao , or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Nan-ch'ao 

      (AD 420–589), four succeeding short-lived dynasties based at Jiankang (now Nanjing (Nanking)), which ruled over a large part of China south of the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) during much of the Six Dynasties period. The four dynasties were the Liu-Song (420–479), the Nan (Southern) Qi (479–502), the Nan Liang (502–557), and the Nan Chen (557–589). Although it was a time of comparative political weakness, Chinese culture flourished during this period.

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