Sheila Dillon

Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

External address: 
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A261, Durham, NC 27708-0766
Internal office address: 
Box 90766, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A261, Durham, NC 27708-0766
Phone: 
(919) 684-6082
Office Hours: 

Thursdays 1-3 pm or by appointment.

Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010); Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006), which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008; Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006); and an edited volume A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, has worked at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current projects include a history of portrait sculpture in Roman Athens, which examines the impact of Roman rule and Roman portrait styles on Athenian portraiture, and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke and international colleagues in Athens. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., New York University 1994

  • M.A., New York University 1989

  • B.A., Rutgers University New Brunswick 1987

James, SL, and Dillon, S. A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. February 13, 2012. Full Text

Dillon, S. Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, Styles (paperback). Cambridge University Press, 2012. (Monograph)

The Past is Present: The Kempner Collection of Classical Antiquities at the Nasher Museum. Ed. CM Antonaccio and S Dillon. Duke University Press Books, March 1, 2011. (Edited Book)

Dillon, S. The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World. Cambridge University Press, March 2010.

Dillon, S, and Welch, K. Representations of War in Ancient Rome (paperback). Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Dillon, S, Smith, RRR, Hallett, CH, Lenaghan, J, and Voorhis, JV. Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz Germany, June 2006.

Dillon, S. Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles. Cambridge University Press, April 2006. (Monograph)

Dillon, S, and Welch, K. Representations of War in Ancient Rome. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Edited Book)

Dillon, S. "Review of 'The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture' by R. Neer." Art Bulletin 94.1 (March 2012): 130-133.

Dillon, S. "Review of 'Roman Portraits in Context' by J. Fefjer." CAA on-line reviews (December 13, 2011).

Dillon, S. "Review of 'Art in the Era of Alexander the Great' by A. Cohen." American Journal of Archaeology on-line reviews 115.4 (October 2011).

Dillon, S. "Review of 'Role Models in Roman Art' by I.S. Hansen and S. Bell." Journal of Roman Archaeology 23 (2010): 583-586.

Pages

Dillon, S. "Terracotta Figurines (Accepted)." Samothrace; excavations conducted by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University: Vol. 9, The monuments of the Eastern Hill. Ed. BD Wescot. American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2014. (Essay)

Dillon, S. "Portrait Statues of Women on the Island of Delos." Women and the Roman City in the Latin West. Ed. E Hemelrijk and G Woolf. Brill, 2013. 201-23.

Dillon, S. "Female Portraiture in the Hellenistic Period." A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. February 13, 2012. 263-277. Full Text

Dillon, S. "Hellenistic Tanagra Figurines." Blackwell Companion to Women in the Ancient World. Ed. SL James and S Dillon. Wiley-Blackwell, January 2012. 231-234.

Dillon, S. "Marble Votive Statuettes of Women from the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace." Samothracian Connections: Essays in Honor of James R. McCredie. Ed. B Wescoat and O Palagia. Oxbow, 2010. 165-172.

Dillon, S. "Portraits of Women in the early Hellenistic Period." Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context. Ed. RVD Hoff and P Schultz. Cambridge University Press, October 2007. 63-83.

Dillon, S. "Women on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus and the Visual Language of Roman Victory." Representations of War in Ancient Rome. Ed. S Dillon and K Welch. Cambridge University Press, April 2006. 244-271.

Dillon, S. "Honorific Portraiture (Accepted)." Handbook of Greek Sculpture. Ed. O Palagia. DeGruyter.

Dillon, S, and Shea, TD. "Statues as Artifacts: Towards an Archaeology of Greek Sculpture (In preparation)." Greek Art in Context. Ed. DR Perez. Ashgate.

Dillon, S. "Approaches to the Study of Greek Sculpture (In preparation)." The Diversity of Classical Archaeology. Ed. A Lichtenberger and R Raja. Brepols.

Dillon, S, and Baltes, E. "Honorific Practices and the Politics of Space on Hellenistic Delos: Portrait Statue Monuments Along the Dromos." American Journal of Archaeology 117.2 (April 1, 2013): 207-246.

Sheila Dillon, . "Subject selection and viewer reception of Greek portraits from Herculaneum and Tivoli." Journal of Roman Archaeology 13 (October 2000): 21-40. (Academic Article)

Sheila Dillon, . "Figured Pilaster Capitals from Aphrodisias in Caria." American Journal of Archaeology 1997.101 (October 1997): 731-769. (Academic Article)

Sheila Dillon, . "The portraits of a civic benefactor of 2nd-c. Ephesos." Journal of Roman Archaeology 9 (October 1996): 261-274.

Dillon, S. "Portraiture, Greece and Rome." Ed. R Bagnall, K Brodersen, C Champion, and SH Andrew Erskine. (2011).

Dillon, S. "Portraits and Portraiture." Ed. M Gagarin. (2010).

AAHVS 2017 MDBiddle Proposal awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017

Direct award to P.I.:$40,000 awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2006

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