Xiao Tong was Prince Zhaoming, the eldest son of Emperor Liangwu in the Southern Dynasty, his courtesy name were Deshi and Weimo, and he was from Nanlanling. He was the Chief Editor of Zhaoming Selected Works. In the first year of the Tianjian (502), when he was only two years old, he became a prince, and Zhao Ming was his posthumous title after his death. Xiao Tong was smart since young, and he was diligent in reading. He had a rich knowledge of history and could make a poem within seven steps. Xiao Tong did not become an emperor later, but in others’ opinion, his fame was no less than his father Xiao Tong edited and compiled the first collection of poems and prose in China as he grew up, Selected Works, which was called Zhaoming Selected Works. This collection selected 754 articles and 30 volumes from more than 130 writers from the pre-Qin to AD 520 year, and plus (Tang) Li Shan's annotation and Jiaqing 14th year (February) Hu Kejia's Kao Yi which had ten volumes and 200,000 words, there were a total of more than 1.8 million words (60 volumes in today's version), was the earliest existing collection of poems in China.
For a long period of time, Selected Works and later Gu Wen Guan Zhi and Tang Song Ba Da Jia Wen Chao were the necessary literary readers of ancient scholars, which has had a far-reaching influence. According to Emperor Qianlong period's Wuqing Records, in the 2nd year of Tianjian (503 years), Xiao Tong followed his teacher to come to Wuzhen to study, and built a library. Later, the library collapsed and the relic remained. A stone archway in Zhaoming Academy was built by Quan Tingxun in memory of Prince Zhaoming of Southern Dynasty and to encourage learning atmosphere in Wuzhen during the Wanli Period of Ming Dynasty (1573-1620). Shen Shimao inscribed a plaque with “Liu Chao Yi Sheng”, and "Reading House for Prince Liang Zhaoming and His teacher Shen". The plaque is now still in there.Keyword: