Sheila Dillon

Sheila Dillon

Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

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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 research includes a collaborative project to publish the portrait sculpture from the Excavations in the Athenian Agora with a group of current and former students, and a digital mapping project of the history of the archaeological excavations in the Agora, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke. 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

Dillon, S., and S. L. James, editors. Women in the Classical World: Critical Concepts in Classical Studies. Routledge, 2017.

James, S. L., and S. Dillon. A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444355024. Full Text

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

Antonaccio, C. M., and S. Dillon, editors. The Past is Present: The Kempner Collection of Classical Antiquities at the Nasher Museum. Duke University Press Books, 2011.

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

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

Dillon, S., et al. Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz Germany, 2006.

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

Dillon, S., and K. Welch. Representations of War in Ancient Rome. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Dillon, Sheila, et al. “Reviews.” The Art Bulletin, vol. 94, no. 1, Informa UK Limited, Mar. 2012, pp. 130–43. Crossref, doi:10.1080/00043079.2012.10786032. Full Text

Dillon, S. “Review of 'Roman Portraits in Context' by J. Fefjer.” Caa on Line Reviews, 13 Dec. 2011.

Dillon, S. “Review of 'Art in the Era of Alexander the Great' by A. Cohen.” American Journal of Archaeology on Line Reviews, vol. 115, no. 4, Oct. 2011.

Dillon, S. “Review of 'Role Models in Roman Art' by I.S. Hansen and S. Bell.” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 23, 2010, pp. 583–86.

Dillon, S. “Review of 'Die griechischen Porträts. Antike Repräsentation – Moderne Projection' by O. Jaeggi.” Bonner Jahrbuecher, vol. 209, 2009, pp. 362–63.

Dillon, Sheila. “Greek sculpture and the problem of description.” Art Bulletin, vol. 89, no. 1, Mar. 2007, pp. 160–62. Open Access Copy


Dillon, S., and T. D. Shea. “Statues as Artifacts: Towards an Archaeology of Greek Sculpture.” Greek Art in Context, edited by D. R. Perez, Routledge, 2017, pp. 19–29. Open Access Copy

Dillon, S. “Approaches to the Study of Greek Sculpture.” The Diversity of Classical Archaeology, edited by R. Raja and A. Lichtenberger, vol. 1, Brepols Publishers, 2017, pp. 223–34.

Dillon, S. “Portrait Statues of Women on the Island of Delos.” Women and the Roman City in the Latin West, edited by E. Hemelrijk and G. Woolf, Brill, 2013, pp. 201–23.

Dillon, S. “Female Portraiture in the Hellenistic Period.” A Companion to Women in the Ancient World, 2012, pp. 263–77. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444355024.ch19. Full Text

Dillon, S. “Hellenistic Tanagra Figurines.” A Companion to Women in the Ancient World, edited by S. L. James and S. Dillon, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp. 231–34.

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, edited by B. Wescoat and O. Palagia, Oxbow, 2010, pp. 165–72.

Dillon, S. “Portraits of Women in the early Hellenistic Period.” Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context, edited by Ralf von den Hoff and Peter Schultz, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 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, edited by S. Dillon and K. Welch, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 244–71.

Dillon, S. “Honorific Portraiture.” Handbook of Greek Sculpture, edited by O. Palagia, DeGruyter.

Dillon, S. “Terracotta Figurines.” Samothrace; Excavations Conducted by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University: Vol. 9, The Monuments of the Eastern Hill, edited by B. D. Wescot, vol. 9, American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


Dillon, S., and E. Baltes. “Honorific Practices and the Politics of Space on Hellenistic Delos: Portrait Statue Monuments Along the Dromos.” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 117, no. 2, Apr. 2013, pp. 207–46. Open Access Copy

Sheila Dillon, M. “Subject selection and viewer reception of Greek portraits from Herculaneum and Tivoli.” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 13, Oct. 2000, pp. 21–40. Open Access Copy

Sheila Dillon, S. “Figured Pilaster Capitals from Aphrodisias in Caria.” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 1997, no. 101, Oct. 1997, pp. 731–69.

Sheila Dillon, J. R. “The portraits of a civic benefactor of 2nd-c. Ephesos.” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 9, Oct. 1996, pp. 261–74. Open Access Copy

Dillon, S. Portraits and Portraiture. Edited by Michael Gagarin, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Dillon, S. “Portraiture, Greece and Rome.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, edited by R. Bagnall et al., Oxford University Press, 2009.

Dillon, S. “’Nike of Samothrace,’ ’Pergamum Altar,’ and ’Polyeuktos: Portrait of Demosthenes’.” Encyclopedia of Sculpture, edited by A. Bostrom, New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004.