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. “Review of 'Antichi Volti della Repubblica. La Ritrattistica in Italia Centrale Tra IV E II Secolo' by M. Papini.” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 20, 2007, pp. 428–31.

Dillon, S. “Review of 'Greek Sculpture: Function, Materials and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods' edited by O. Palagia (Cambridge, 2006).” Classical Review, vol. 57, no. 2, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 521–22. Manual, doi:10.1017/S0009840X07001242. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dillon, S. “Review of 'Relief Sculpture of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus' by BF Cook (Oxford 2005).” Classical Review, vol. 56, no. 2, 2006, pp. 453–54. Open Access Copy

Dillon, S. “Taking the veil.” The Classical Review, vol. 55, no. 2, 1 Jan. 2005, pp. 682–84. Scopus, doi:10.1093/clrevj/bni371. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dillon, Sheila, and Elizabeth Bartman. “Portraits of Livia: Imagining the Imperial Woman of Augustan Rome.” The Classical World, vol. 93, no. 1, JSTOR, 1999, pp. 115–115. Crossref, doi:10.2307/4352381. Full Text


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.