Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
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.
Professor Dillon is on leave from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
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 'The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society, and Artistic Rationalisation' by J. Tanner (Cambridge, 2006)." Sehepunkte 7.12 (2007).
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Greek Sculpture: Function, Materials and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods' edited by O. Palagia (Cambridge, 2006)." Classical Review 57.2 (2007): 521-522. Full Text Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Greek Sculpture and the Problem of Description' by A.A. Donohue (Cambridge, 2005)." Art Bulletin 89 (2007): 160-162. Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. "Review of 'The Roman Nude. Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC-AD 300' by CH Hallett (Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture and Representation, Oxford University Press, 2005)." Sehepunkte 6.11 (2006).
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Relief Sculpture of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus' by BF Cook (Oxford 2005)." Classical Review 56.2 (2006): 453-454. Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Aphrodite's Tortoise: The Veiled Woman of Ancient Greece' by L. Llewellyn-Jones (Swansca, 2003)." Classical Review 55.2 (2005): 682-684. Full Text Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Bildnisse griechischer Herrscher und Staatsmänner im 5. Jahrhundert v.Chr.' by Ralf Krumeich (Munich, 1997)." Bryn Mawr Classical Review (October 10, 2001).
Dillon, S. "'Imaging Julio-Claudian Women' review of 'Imperial Women: A Study in Public Images 40 B.C.-A.D. 46' by Susan Wood (Mnemosyne no. 194, Brill, 1999)." Journal of Roman Archaeology 14 (2001): 557-559.
Dillon, S. "Portraits of Livia: Imagining the imperial woman of Augustan Rome." CLASSICAL WORLD 93.1 (1999): 115-116. Full Text
Dillon, S. "'Repetition and variation in ancient art’ review of 'Classical Bronzes: The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary' by Carol Mattusch." Journal of Roman Archaeology 10 (1997): 441-146.