Sheila Dillon

Sheila Dillon

Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

(919) 684-6082
Office Hours: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 or by appointment.
Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A263

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 archaeology of Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke and international colleagues in Athens. She has just begun research on a new monograph that will explore the history of female portraiture in Athens from the Hellenistic to the Roman periods. 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

Women in the Classical World: Critical Concepts in Classical Studies. Ed. S Dillon and SL James. Routledge, 2017. (Edited Book)

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.


Dillon, S, and Shea, TD. "Statues as Artifacts: Towards an Archaeology of Greek Sculpture." Greek Art in Context. Ed. DR Perez. Routledge, 2017. 19-29. (Chapter) Open Access Copy

Dillon, S. "Approaches to the Study of Greek Sculpture." The Diversity of Classical Archaeology. Ed. R Raja and A Lichtenberger. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2017. 223-234. (Chapter)

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.

"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." A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. Ed. SL James and S Dillon. Wiley-Blackwell, January 2012. 231-234. (Chapter)

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. "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. (Chapter)


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. Open Access Copy

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) Open Access Copy

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. Open Access Copy

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

Dillon, S. "Portraiture, Greece and Rome." Ed. R Bagnall, K Brodersen, C Champion, and SH Andrew Erskine. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (2009). (Essay)

Dillon, S. "’Nike of Samothrace,’ ’Pergamum Altar,’ and ’Polyeuktos: Portrait of Demosthenes’." Ed. A Bostrom. Encyclopedia of Sculpture (2004). (Essay)